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Case Number: 1:21-cr-00087-LEW
Judge: Lance E. Walker
Court: United States District Court for the District of Maine (Penobscott County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Bangor, Maine criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with making false statements to purchase a firearm.
In April 2019, Laura Love, age 44, formerly of the Augusta area, purchased a 9 mm pistol from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Windsor. When completing the sale, Love filled out a Firearms Transaction Record in which she falsely reported that she was the actual purchaser of the firearm. She was actually purchasing the firearm for someone else. It is a federal felony to knowingly make a false statement in connection with the purchase of a firearm from a federally licensed dealer.
This Augusta Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.
The prosecution is part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative. PSN is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, community leaders and other stakeholders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. PSN is coordinated by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in the 94 federal judicial districts throughout the 50 states and U.S. territories. PSN is customized to account for local violent crime problems and resources. Across all districts, PSN follows four key design elements of successful violent crime reduction initiatives: community engagement, prevention and intervention, focused and strategic enforcement, and accountability.
FALSE STATEMENT TO FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSEE 18:922(a)(6) and 18:924(a)(2)
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to three years of probation.