Tampa Clothing Store Operator Convicted Of Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm
TAMPA, FL - A federal jury today found Reem Faria (37, Tampa) guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Faria, who was indicted on December 13, 2011, faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 24, 2012.
According to evidence presented at trial, Faria operated several Tampa area businesses, including Suit World Urban City Clothing ("Suit World"), in Tampa. During the execution of a federal search warrant that was conducted as part of Operation Rainmaker at Suit World, on September 1, 2011, Faria told agents that he kept a gun under the counter for protection. Faria is a previously convicted felon. Law enforcement agents recovered a Taurus .38 Special revolver, three rounds of .38 caliber ammunition, and approximately $10,490 in cash from Suit World.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Tampa Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew Mueller, Amanda Riedel and Sara Sweeney.
This case was prosecuted as part of Operation Rainmaker, a coordinated effort among the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida and various federal and local law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Secret Service, the Internal Revenue Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Tampa Police Department, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department to combat the filing of false tax returns in the Tampa Bay region.