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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Bridgeport Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Trafficking Homemade Machine Guns

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that GEORGE JAIMAN, 70, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 14 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking machine guns.  Judge Thompson also ordered Jaiman to pay a $1,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service while he is on supervised release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between July 2017 and April 2018, Jaiman’s coworker, Sean Dey, manufactured machine guns, including AK-47-style and AR-style machine guns, suppressors, and other firearms, in a basement workshop at Dey’s Torrington residence.  Dey entered into an agreement with Jaiman to sell machine guns, suppressors and firearms to others for profit.  Neither Dey nor Jaiman possessed a valid license to deal firearms.

The investigation also revealed that Jaiman’s son, Phillip Jaiman, sold some of Dey’s machine guns that he received from George Jaiman to individuals, including convicted felons, in the Bridgeport area.

George Jaiman was arrested on June 4, 2018.  On October 26, he pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a machine gun.

Judge Thompson ordered Jaiman to report to prison on May 22.

On October 25, 2018, Dey pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to engage unlawfully in the business of selling firearms, and one count of unlawful possession and transfer of a machine gun.  On February 13, 2019, he was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by 12 months of home confinement and three years of supervised release, and 100 hours of community service.

On April 9, 2019, Phillip Jaiman pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession and transfer of a machine gun.  He awaits sentencing.

This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Bridgeport Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Kale.

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated April 16, 2019