Fort Meade, Md. - December 23, 2013 - A sports equipment supplier based in Severn and doing business online was added to the Fort Meade off-limits list.
Sports 55, a team uniform design and production company was added to the list after the Fort Meade Armed Forced Disciplinary Control Board received information about numerous transactions in which the company took payment for the production of uniforms but did not fulfill their contracts.
The board considered information provided by members of a Fort Meade softball team, representatives of Better Business Bureau serving Greater Maryland and the Maryland Attorney General’s office. In addition, the board also considered information contained in multiple investigative news reports.
BBB reported more than 200 complaints had been filed against the company in the last three years. The MDAG’s office reported more than 60 complaints.
Representatives of the company, which takes orders at their website, www.sports55.com, were invited to the meeting but did not attend. The website indicates as of Dec. 21, their name will change to Team Uniforms 123 and will be under new management. Anyone going to the Sports 55 website will be automatically directed to the new site.
Service members assigned to Fort Meade are barred from doing business or frequenting any off-limits establishment or area for any reason. Service members who use these establishments may be punished under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
“The Maryland Better Business Bureau is a great resource for Service members,” said. Lt. Col. Marion Bakalorz, President of the AFDCB. “This company has had a negative rating for several years. Checking the Better Business Bureau website at www.bbb.org first, may have been of help.”
The Fort Meade Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board is an installation function that protects service members and their families.
The AFDCB provides the garrison commander with a tool to identify, investigate, report and act on conditions within the Fort Meade community that in any way adversely affect the health, safety, welfare, morale and discipline of the armed forces and their families.
Placing a business, locale or activity on the off-limits list is not something the board or the garrison commander takes lightly. The requirements to place an activity on the off-limits list are stringent. All efforts are made by the board members to fully investigate and review any activity that is recommended for off-limits consideration.
A business or activity under consideration for off-limits status is officially notified, and the proprietor is offered the opportunity to appear before the board prior to the board's recommendation to the garrison commander.
Even after an activity is placed on the off-limits list, the board continues to maintain visibility of the establishment or activity. Removal from off-limits status requires a board recommendation to the garrison commander.
If the business or activity resolves the issue that led to its placement on the off-limits list, it can petition the board to be removed.
For more on the AFCDB go to www.ftmeade.army.mil .