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Glendale, AZ, Man Sentenced To Six Months For False Customs Statement For Rifle Parts

May 01, 2013

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that JAMES EDWARD WAGES, age 41, of Glendale, Arizona, was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment and 6 months of home detention, followed by 3 years of supervised release for Making False Statement, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001.

Charges arose from an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General. The defendant was charged and pled guilty in January, 2013.

The Information alleged that on or about November 8, 2010, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, did willfully and knowingly make and cause to be made a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and representation in a matter within the jurisdiction of a department or agency of the United States, that is, by stating and representing on a United States Postal Service Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note that the contents of a postal package was an “Airsoft Toys Display,” when in truth and fact, as defendant well knew, the postal package contained a sniper rifle barrel, rifle stock, trigger guard, and a US Marine Corp Technical Manual.

The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing.

Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wilson represented the United States.

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