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Johnstown Woman Charged With Straw Purchase Of 3 Handguns

June 19, 2012

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Johnstown, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on charges of making false statements to a federally licensed firearms dealer, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The three-count indictment named Kimberly G. Yarnavick, 47.

According to the indictment, on July 15, 2009, in conjunction with the purchase of a Hi Point pistol; on Feb. 5, 2010, in conjunction with the purchase of a Phoenix pistol; and on March 3, 2010, in conjunction with the purchase of a American Arms pistol, Yarnavick knowingly made false statements in an effort to deceive Sporting Goods Discounters, a federally licensed firearms dealer. Yarnavick represented she was the actual buyer of the firearms when, in fact, she was purchasing the firearms on behalf of another person.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $750,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Johnstown Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

According to Mr. Hickton, Yarnavick is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent, deter, and prosecute gun crime.

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