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Two Men Plead Guilty to Federal Charges Stemming from the Illegal Manufacture of Machine Guns

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that two men have pleaded guilty in Hartford federal court to charges related to the illegal manufacturing and possession of machine guns.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between July 2017 and April 2018, SEAN DEY, 39, of Torrington, made and manufactured machine guns, including AK-47-style and AR-style machine guns, suppressors, and other firearms.  Dey entered into an agreement with GEORGE JAIMAN, 69, of Bridgeport, to sell machine guns, suppressors and firearms to third parties for profit.  Neither Dey nor Jaiman possessed a valid license to deal firearms.

On March 28, 2018, in Bridgeport, Jaiman possessed an AK-47 style machine gun and an AR-style machine gun bearing a suppressor, neither of which had a serial number.

On April 3, 2018, Dey transferred an AR-style machine gun that he had manufactured to another individual for cash.

Dey was arrested on April 11, 2018, and Jaiman was arrested on June 4, 2018.

On October 25, 2018, Dey pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to engage unlawfully in the business of selling firearms, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, and one count of unlawful possession and transfer of a machine gun, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.  On October 26, Jaiman pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a machine gun, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

Dey and Jaiman are scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson on January 15, 2019.  Both defendants are released on bonds pending 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.

Updated October 29, 2018

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