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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 1, 2013

Palm Harbor Man Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison For Illegal Firearms Sales

Tampa, FL - U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara today sentenced Steven Scott Schriebman (24, Palm Harbor) to 6 years in federal prison for the unlawful possession and transfer of machineguns and destructive devices. Schriebman pleaded guilty on January 4, 2013.

According to court documents, from May through November 2012, Schriebman unlawfully sold a number of high-powered assault rifles, including AK-47s, AR-15s, and an Uzi, to an undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Schriebman was selling the firearms from his residence in Palm Harbor. In addition to the machineguns, Schriebman sold the undercover agent several explosive devices that Schriebman believed the agent needed to blow up a vehicle. Schriebman also offered to obtain silencers, military weapons, and bullet proof vests for the undercover agent.

During the execution of a federal search warrant at Schriebman's residence, agents recovered a number of additional assault rifles, machineguns, shotguns, handguns, pen guns, magazines, ammunition, assorted firearm parts, flares, firearm conversion kits, and other firearm paraphernalia.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Josephine W. Thomas.

It is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy. Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, along with Julie Leon, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

Updated January 26, 2015