☷Milwaukee Woman Federally Indicted for Purchasing a Firearm for Another Person
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ( By Press Release office)
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United States Attorney Richard G . Frohling announced on April 27 , 2022 , that a Milwaukee woman was indicted for purchasing a firearm for another person and making a false statement to a firearm’s dealer . Marquita A . Hale , ( age: 26 ) , was charged with making a false statement to a federally licensed firearms dealer in connection with the purchase of a firearm on June 17 , 2021 , which false statement was intended or likely to deceive the firearms dealer about whether to proceed with the sale . In particular , the indictment charged that Ms . Hale falsely indicated on a standard form that she would possess the firearm after the sale , when in fact , she knew she was buying the firearm for another person . “The United States Attorney’s Office remains committed to working with our federal , state , local , and tribal partners to improve the safety of all of our communities , ” stated U . S . Attorney Frohling . “This includes working together to hold individuals accountable who ‘straw purchase’ and supply firearms for others – including individuals who are prohibited from possessing firearms under state or federal law . ” “The Milwaukee Police Department ( MPD ) appreciates the hard work and effort from the ATF , the U . S . Attorney’s Office and MPD members that have been collaborating on this and other firearms investigations . Gun violence is an issue that is affecting our community and it is everyone’s responsibility to keep guns away from individuals that are prohibited from possessing a firearm , ” said Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman . If convicted , Ms . Hale faces up to ten years in prison and three years of supervised release , plus up to a $250 , 000 fine . This matter has been investigated by the Milwaukee Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol , Tobacco , Firearms , and Explosives . It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen A . Ingraham . The public is cautioned that an indictment is merely a charge and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty .
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