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Dubious Achievers - Florida Newsmakers of the Year

Mike Vogel | 1/1/2011

• DAVID BROOKS
Founder, Point Blank Solutions
Pompano Beach

David Brooks
[Photo: Howard Schnapp]
Raiding the Company

David H. Brooks, 55, who led what's now Point Blank Solutions, was convicted in 2010 of looting his company to pay for luxury cars, racehorses, family trips, his wife's plastic surgery and hookers for employees. (If the prostitutes made workers more productive, it was argued, they were a legitimate expense.) The formal charges included insider trading and fraud. Brooks and his chief operating officer, Sandra Hatfield, 56, were convicted after an eight-month New York trial that was a spectacle with allegations of shenanigans in the jury room and the anxiety-suffering Brooks being smuggled pills in a pen in court. "The trial of the century in the United States — hands down, don't even try to compare it with anything else," said The Atlantic.


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