A Richboro, Pa.,
man has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison, for his
role in the acquisition of machine guns and restricted laser aiming sights,
the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.
58, doing business as Armament Services International (ASI), was sentenced
to 100 months in prison and one year of supervised release as well as
ordered to pay a $100,000 fine and $28,200 in restitution, the U.S.
Attorney’s Office said.
found guilty after a two-week trial that ended October 15, 2016Ñwas taken
into custody upon sentencing to begin serving his sentence.
evidence presented at trial, Kelerchian conspired with Joseph Kumstar and
Ronald Slusser, now former Lake County Police officers, to knowingly make
false statements relating to the acquisition of firearms,” the U.S.
Attorney’s Office said. “Kumstar and Slusser, who have pleaded guilty, used
their positions as sworn law enforcement officers in coordination with
Kelerchian, using his position as a Class 3 federal firearms licensee, to
acquire approximately 71 fully automatic machine guns in the name of the
Lake County Sheriff’s Department, knowing that the Lake County Sheriff’s
Department was not going to be the true owner of these weapons.”
Kumstar, and Slusser conspired to use law enforcement letter head to create
letters which falsely represented that the machine guns were going to be
used by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department to carry out its law
enforcement responsibilities, since machine guns manufactured after 1986 can
only be acquired by law enforcement agencies and not individual officers,”
the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “The machine guns were purchased for a cost
of $1,200 and $1,600 and then when received by the Sheriff’s Department,
transported offsite to be parted out.”
barrelsÑalso known as “uppers”Ñwere split among Kelerchian, Kumstar, and
Slusser, who sold them at prices as high as $3,600, since post-1986 parts
are not available to the general public.
Kelerchian used his company, ASI, to assist Kumstar and Slusser in acquiring
74 restricted laser aiming sights, by once again using law enforcement
letterhead from the Lake County Sheriff’s Department and the Lowell Police
Department, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Kelerchian was also
found guilty of money laundering and making false statements to the Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regarding false demonstration
letters involving high powered belt-fed machine guns, the U.S. Attorney’s
abused the authority entrusted to him for criminal purposes,” U.S. Attorney
Thomas Kirsch II said. “The 8 years that he will spend in federal prison,
which began today, should be a deterrent to others similarly situated that
act for illegal purposes. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to
aggressively prosecute our nation’s firearm laws and seek meaningful
sentences of offenders to both punish and deter this type of criminal
previously, Joseph Kumstar was sentenced to 57 months and Ronald Slusser to
70 months for their involvement in this case.