Former officer gets prison for selling misbranded body armor

BALTIMORE - A former Berks County police officer has been sentenced to a year in prison for making false claims about body armor he sold to law enforcement, military and defense clients.

Marco DeCamillo was sentenced Thursday to prison time and three years' supervised release on a charge of mail fraud, according to the plea agreement. He was also ordered to pay $124,000 in restitution.

DeCamillo, 41, had faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. 

While working as a West Reading police officer, DeCamillo owned a business called Mad Dragon Tactical, which sold tactical gear, including $169,000 worth of body armor that was false classified by the National Institute of Justice, which conducts ballistic testing, officials said.

Authorities said DeCamillo used his status as a police officer to sell the gear to clients who were relying on his representations of product quality and safety.

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