Convicted Felon and Conspirator Indicted on Gun Charges

Allegedly Concealed Felony Convictions and Posed as Owners of a
Purported Fugitive Recovery Business While Obtaining Guns and Ammunition

September 3, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland - A federal grand jury indicted two Baltimore residents today who held themselves out as CEOs or owners of a business purportedly involved in the apprehension of fugitives on charges relating to the illegal purchase, transfer and possession of guns, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to the eight count indictment, Steven Antonio Harrison, age 31, and Mary Jo Brown, age 50, wore or possessed badges that identified themselves as “Fugitive Recovery Agents.” From April 1 to 23, 2009, the defendants visited shooting ranges and firearms dealers where they would shoot guns, and shop for guns and ammunition. The defendants allegedly represented that the guns were necessary for their purported business, Executive Fugitive Recovery Service. Harrison had previously been convicted of felony crimes. The defendants allegedly concealed Harrison’s true name and made false statements on gun applications to circumvent the laws prohibiting a felon from owning, possessing or using a gun.

Both defendants face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy count. Harrison faces 10 years in prison on each of four counts for being a felon in possession of a gun and Brown faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on one count of aiding and abetting Harrison’s possession of a firearm. Both Harrison and Brown face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine in separate counts for making a false statement in the acquisition of a firearm.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the U.S. Probation and Parole Office, Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger and Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Blumer, the Baltimore County Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Judson T. Mihok, who is prosecuting the case.



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