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Cambria County Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy and Firearms Violations

September 4, 2013

Prosecution is Part of Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Ebensburg, Pa., was sentenced in federal court to 21 months in prison, three years supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amounts of $125,977 to the Internal Revenue Service and $390,544 to the Estate of Edward R. Szuch, on his conviction of conspiracy and violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on David Eugene Lamer, 47.

According to information presented to the court, from June 9, 2007, to Apr. 15, 2008, Lamer conspired with others to defraud the United States by concealing money from the Internal Revenue Service in an effort to avoid paying income taxes. Also, on Sept. 2, 2010, Lamer possessed a FIE, Model Standard .38 caliber pistol, and on Sept. 3, 2010, Lamer possessed a Remington, Model 760, .30-06 caliber rifle, a Marlin, Model 1894, .357 caliber rifle, and a Savage/Stevens (Western Field) Model 30, 16 gauge shotgun. On Jan. 8, 1986, Lamer was convicted in Cambria Co., Pa., of burglary, which is a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year. Federal law prohibits persons who have been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie L. Haines prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

According to Mr. Hickton, this case was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement, agencies, prosecutors and communities to prevent, deter and prosecute gun crime.

Mr. Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and the Ebensburg Borough Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Lamer.

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