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Judge Sentences Johnstown Woman for Falsifying Firearms Forms

August 26, 2013

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Johnstown, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to three years probation, the first eight months of which must be served by conditions of home confinement, on her conviction of making false statements to a federally licensed firearms dealer, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Kimberly G. Yarnavick, 48.

According to information presented to the court, 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.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Johnstown Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Yarnavick.

According to Mr. Hickton, Yarnavick was 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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