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The founder of America's leading supplier of body armor to the U.S. military was sentenced Thursday to 17 years in prison for running a $185 million stock swindle in which he used the proceeds to finance luxuries such as lavish parties featuring Tom Petty, Aerosmith and the Eagles. David Brooks, 58, founder and ex-CEO of DHB Industries Inc., was convicted in 2010 of securities fraud and conspiracy. He and the company's ex-COO were accused of falsely inflating the value of the inventory of the company's top product, the Interceptor vest, to help meet profit margin projections.

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