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United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan
Western District of Washington

Former Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Illegal Gun Sales And Tax Crime

Sold Hundreds of Firearms Without License and Failed to Report Income


October 12, 2011

            ROY ALLOWAY, 56, of Bremerton, Washington, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to unlawful dealing in firearms and filing a false income tax return.  ALLOWAY is a former Bremerton Police Officer, who for years was assigned to the West Puget Sound Narcotics Task Force.  ALLOWAY was warned in 2005, that his sales of guns at gun shows violated federal licensing rules.  Nevertheless, ALLOWAY continued to purchase and sell guns without a federal firearms license – including 224 guns purchased from Bremerton and Tacoma gun shops, and another 169 firearms purchased from a Shelton source.  Much of the conduct occurred while he was an active police officer.  ALLOWAY faces up to five years in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton on January 20, 2012.

            “As a police officer, Roy Alloway knew better than anyone the risks of distributing firearms without background checks, or sales records,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. “His attempt to hide the income from this illegal activity demonstrates he knew what he was doing was wrong.”

            As part of the plea agreement, ALLOWAY is forfeiting 58 firearms to the government.  The guns were seized when ALLOWAY’s home was searched on November 18, 2010.  ALLOWAY was indicted following a lengthy undercover investigation of gun sales at gun shows.  At gun shows in Centralia and Puyallup ALLOWAY sold guns to undercover federal agents.  Some of the guns had been purchased by ALLOWAY from licensed sellers just days earlier – so they could not be considered part of a personal collection.  ALLOWAY had been warned in 2005 that his level of gun sales required a federal firearms license (FFL), and for a time he and a partner had an FFL.  However in 2007, ALLOWAY ceased all connection to that licensee yet continued to purchase and sell hundreds of guns.  Between 2007 and 2010, ALLOWAY deposited cash, checks and money orders into his bank account totaling about $192,000.  However he failed to declare that income on his tax returns.

            Unlawful dealing in firearms is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  Filing a false income tax return is punishable by up to three years in prison and a $100,000 fine.  As part of his plea agreement, ALLOWAY has agreed to pay all back taxes.

            The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Bruce Miyake, Nicholas Brown and Mike Lang.


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