New York Man Sentenced to 15 Months
for Lying to Federal Grand Jury
Contact: Craig M. Wolff
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Jose
Ortiz, 26, of New York, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Portland by Judge D.
Brock Hornby to 15 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release for making a false
declaration to a federal grand jury. Ortiz pled guilty to the charge on September 18, 2012.
According to court records, in October of 2008, Ortiz testified before a federal grand jury
conducting an investigation into firearms trafficking offenses. After being placed under oath and
swearing to tell the truth, Ortiz was asked about his knowledge of firearms trafficking violations,
including so-called "straw purchases" from firearms dealers. When asked if he had ever had
anybody buy a gun for him, Ortiz replied that he had not. In fact, Ortiz had caused another
individual to buy a Glock pistol for him from a firearms dealer in May of 2007.
The individual who bought the gun for Ortiz, Jennifer Grenier, was prosecuted separately
for making a false statement in connection with the acquisition of a firearm from a licensed
firearms dealer. In connection with the purchase of the Glock handgun for Ortiz, Grenier
represented that she was the actual buyer of the gun, when in fact she knew that the gun was for
Ortiz. Grenier pled guilty and was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment and 3 years of
supervised release in November of 2012.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
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