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By Christine Emerson
Observer Staff Writer 

Inventor of Invisiplug Threatens to Plug a man with a Firearm

A "Shark Tank" winner has been charged for threatening a man with a firearm


Barzman sold the Invisiplug on National TV's Sharktank, now charged with Assault

A "Shark Tank" winner has been charged for threatening a man with a firearm. Michael Philip Barzman, 38, who convinced the judges on the TV show to fund his "Invisiplug" surge protector, pled not guilty to one felony count of assault with a firearm and another count of making criminal threats.

The incident occurred outside Barzman's apartment building in Burbank. Barzman became incensed with a man smoking a cigarette outside the building and allegedly pulled a gun and threatened to kill the smoker. The next day, police confronted Barzman and discovered a semi-automatic handgun.

Barzman's claim, made through his attorney, Gregory Brenner, is that he did have an unloaded gun but never pointed it at the other man. Barzman says that he is the one who'd felt threatened during the altercation.

Barzman is out on $50,000 bail but will have to appear in court on August 25. If convicted, he could face 14 years in state prison.


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