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Erie Man Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Firearms Into U.S.

June 21, 2010

ERIE, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, June 21, 2010, that James Lewis Bindeman, a resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of entry of goods into the United States by means of false statements.

Bindeman, age 42, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Christine A. Sanner advised the court that Bindeman entered and introduced approximately eleven firearms into the commerce of the United States by means of false statements.

Judge McLaughlin scheduled sentencing for October 22, 2010.  The law provides for a total sentence of two years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Bindeman.

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