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This Military Contractor Rocks a $100,000 Belt Buckle

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Posted on Jul 26, 2010
U.S. Government via nytimes.com

It helps that prosecutors have a photo of the offending belt buckle.

David H. Brooks did well enough selling body armor to the military to hire 50 Cent and Aerosmith to play at his daughter’s bat mitzvah. He wore a gem- and diamond-encrusted American flag belt buckle, lest his patriotism come under suspicion. Now he’s on trial for allegedly improperly putting millions on his expense account, for fraud and for insider trading.

New York Times via William Gibson:

DHB, which specialized in making body armor used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, paid for more than $6 million in personal expenses on behalf of Mr. Brooks, covering items as expensive as luxury cars and as prosaic as party invitations, Ms. Schlegel testified.

Also included were university textbooks for his daughter, pornographic videos for his son, plastic surgery for his wife, a burial plot for his mother, prostitutes for his employees, and, for him, a $100,000 American-flag belt buckle encrusted with rubies, sapphires and diamonds.

The expense-account abuse, the prosecution has said, represented a pittance compared with the $190 million that Mr. Brooks and another top employee are accused of making through a stock fraud scheme in which he falsified information about his company’s performance — including significantly overstating the inventory of bulletproof vests — to inflate the price of the stock before selling his shares in 2004.

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By belt buckles, September 11, 2010 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment
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I am also glad for her:)

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By ofersince72, July 27, 2010 at 9:49 pm Link to this comment

I would be donating to that !!!

  Start it up ,  You have my vote !!

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By gerard, July 27, 2010 at 8:23 pm Link to this comment

ofersince72:  I think I should run for President on the Pacific Reconstruction Party ticket—“All for Peace and a Piece for All”, elected fitrivily by not accepting any contributions from anybody who has more than $1000 in the bank. Sack the rich and let the poor take over and run things for a while.  End all wars and put the MIC out of business.  Widen the streets to accommodate dancing and protest marches.  Fire all police, unravel the “security” system, legalize drugs, and sit back and suck on mint juleps. Let the chips fall.  Oysters on the half-shell and all that.  What do you say?

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By ofersince72, July 27, 2010 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment

I might even vote for Sara if she could promise me
one of them…..with rubies!!!

  He sure has good taste ,  and his Daughter!!!
AEROSMITH !!!!!  Who wouldn’t give their left gonad
to see them live????

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By ofersince72, July 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment

That Belt Buckle is the envy ........

I sure wish I had that strapping up my jeans,
put my Dingos on….shiiit .....cats meow…...

A B I G American flag belt buckle with rubies….

What do you think Gerard???

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By gerard, July 27, 2010 at 6:04 pm Link to this comment

Note:  Please excuse previous typo”

wherever that crazy error came from, whatever addled corner of my brain makes up such words as “fitrivily”—(should mean something, don’t you think?) what I meant to say was “directly.”

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By PatrickHenry, July 27, 2010 at 6:02 pm Link to this comment

he thinks he earned it

red face

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By Steve E, July 27, 2010 at 5:53 pm Link to this comment

Republican, right?

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By gerard, July 27, 2010 at 5:20 pm Link to this comment

A naively direct question:

Is there anyone among us who has ever fitrivyly asked someone like this what they are thinking?  why they do this kind of wasteful nonsense when they know thousand of people are starving?  How they manage to sleep at night?  Where they got the idea that it is okay to spend fabulous amounts of money on self-adornments?

I’m endlessly curious about this question and can’t understand the total lack of conscience manifest in so many people like this.  I’ve never known a person that rich, let along been close enough to ask.  But have any of the commenters here had the experience?
If so, what were the rationalizations? 

I think unless and until someone finds a way to personally confront such excesses and distorted values—whether media does it, or friends or “interested bystanders” we can only assume —and perhaps be wrong in judging how so many of these rich oligarchs think.  And if we don’t know how they think, we can’t correct this widespread social madness in general, which is rampant today.
  Or am I the only one who sees it as madness?  If not, what is it?  Stupid questions?  I think now.  Just too obvioius. too importunate, too == “naive”?

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By John D. Ingram, July 27, 2010 at 4:58 pm Link to this comment
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He must know somebody.

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By Caro, July 27, 2010 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment

Isn’t fraud and insider trading the American Way? Isn’t
that what our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are dying
for?

Carolyn Kay
MakeThemAccountable.com

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By REDHORSE, July 27, 2010 at 11:50 am Link to this comment

Like Madoff—he’s just one who got caught. Remember the flat beds loaded with cash that just disappeared? Why is the American public and their tax dollars the only accountable entity in this madness?

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By diman, July 27, 2010 at 9:58 am Link to this comment

The guy lived an American Dream.

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By PatrickHenry, July 27, 2010 at 3:10 am Link to this comment

Now sieze his assets and impovish him.

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By aacme, July 27, 2010 at 1:36 am Link to this comment
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Looks like it’s unanimous so far. This guy’s nothing more than a great American entrepreneur, post-Republican-Revolution style. Doubtless a no-bid contract.

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By ofersince72, July 27, 2010 at 12:39 am Link to this comment

What an enterprising man,  the American Way,

good ole fashioned get rich by the MIC and taxpayer
money.  Why are we displaying this man??
There are thousands out there making their money like this

I am so glad his daughter had a happy bat.

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By samosamo, July 27, 2010 at 12:11 am Link to this comment

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Count him as another great american entrepreneural miscreant.
His motto: Whatever it takes to enrich myself at other’s expense.

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