350+ People Buy FL Security Guards Licenses without Completing Training

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Buy FL Security Guards Licenses without Completing Training

Buy FL Security Guards Licenses without Completing Training

A group  sold  armed licenses to people who wanted to be armed-security officers instead of training them as required by Florida law. About 350 guards bought the licenses over several years, but never received any training.

Armed guards who cooperate with the investigation, must turn in their licensees. Those won’t don’t cooperate will be prosecuted. Investigators said they think the guards who each gave around $200 for the falsified certificates knew it was illegal. So, these guards were not only untrained, but unethical. The guards bypassed the required  28 hours of training, including eight hours of firearms instruction, and passing a mental-health evaluation.

The investigation began when someone noticed that training certificates submitted with applications for licenses were altered using Wite-Out. The same person signed the fraudulent certificates, investigators said.

5 people were arrested, including a police officer. Charges against them include organized scheme to defraud, criminal use of personal identification information, uttering a forged instrument,  and forgery .

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