[Marxism] body armor thief
JCraven at clark.edu
Thu Apr 15 16:42:44 MDT 2004
Posted on Tue, Apr. 06, 2004
Marine Sentenced for Selling Body Armor
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - A Marine has been convicted and sentenced to 10
years in prison for selling stolen body armor over the Internet.
Marine authorities said they believe Staff Sgt. Marvin Funiestas, 26,
sold 100 to 110 of the ceramic-reinforced vests before he was arrested
in November. The vests were intended for U.S. troops; some servicemen in
the Middle East have reported trouble obtaining vests.
Funiestas was sentenced last week on charges of conspiracy, wrongfully
selling government property and larceny.
Investigators believe another Marine, who has not yet been charged,
falsified reports about the number of vests on hand and sent vests to
Funiestas, who sold about $88,000 worth of equipment for $35,000 to
"This was brand-new equipment," prosecutor Capt. Mark Spalding said.
"This is especially hard to take because we are having a hard time
getting enough vests to field with our Marines."
The sale of the vests, known as Point Blank Interceptor Ballistic body
armor, is restricted to law enforcement and military personnel.
Authorities are trying to retrieve the body armor. One eBay customer in
San Diego bought two vests and shipped one to a son-in-law in the Army,
who was stationed in Kuwait and had not been issued a vest.
Spalding said that while most of the vests were sold domestically, at
least two or three went to China, raising concerns that Chinese
engineers may try to duplicate the design.
James M. Craven
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