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Maple heights man charged with using false identity to purchase firearms

Dec. 6, 2012

A grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging Amarjit S. Atwal, 65, of Maple Heights, Ohio, with using a false identity to purchase firearms, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment alleges that on or about February 20, 2011, Atwal used the identity of another to purchase a Glock Model 26, 9mm pistol and a Smith and Wesson, Model 65-4 .357 caliber magnum revolver from Buckeye Firearms.

The indictment further alleges that Atwal intentionally failed to disclose his true name and identity when filling out ATF forms when attempting to purchase firearms at the Berea Gun show.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip J. Tripi, following investigation by agents of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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