[Excerpt] Bodyguards for the family of billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch used police badges from a tiny New Mexico town that authorized them to carry concealed weapons in all 50 U.S. states, according to documents seen by Bloomberg News.
The Lake Arthur police department that awarded the badges for volunteer service is the same one that for years provided a similar perk to Robert Mercer, the 71-year-old New York hedge fund manager and a key financial backer of President Donald Trump.
Koch Industries Inc.’s security unit obtained the badges for dozens of people over several years, including bodyguards employed directly by the Wichita, Kansas-based company and by an outside contractor, according to a person with knowledge of the arrangement. Bloomberg News was able to verify the names of eight current or former Koch guards who had Lake Arthur badges.
Koch and the outside contractor, Rimi Corporate Services Inc., based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, occasionally provided donations to the Lake Arthur reserve program, the person said. The town has 433 residents. ... [End of Excerpt]