James Joseph Minder: Bandit by Night
In January 2004, James Joseph Minder was elected chairman of Smith & Wesson (which bills itself as "a partner to law enforcement since the late-1800s" and supplies guns to hundreds of police departments). In February he resigned, after an article appeared in the Detroit News (headlined "Student by day, bandit by night"), revealing that Minder had spent 15 years in prison for eight armed robberies (and an attempted prison break). Minder, who was once known for carrying a 16-gauge sawed-off shotgun, was later asked why he had not disclosed his checkered past. His reply? "Nobody asked."