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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Crab Orchard Man Sentenced 66 Months For Illegally Possessing Over 100 Firearms And Stealing Thousands From Social Security

LEXINGTON, KY - Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Stuart L. Lowrey, Special Agent in Charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); Tom Caul, Special Agent in Charge for the Social Security Administration (SSA), Office of the Inspector General; and Rodney Brewer, Kentucky State Police Commissioner, jointly announced today that a Lincoln County man has been sentenced to 66 months in federal prison, for illegally possessing more than 100 firearms and defrauding the Social Security Administration out of thousands of dollars.

U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves sentenced 46 year-old David Brummett, on Wednesday, November 26, for being a felon in possession of firearms and defrauding the SSA. Under federal law, Brummett must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence.

According to the plea agreement, in May 2013, Kentucky State Police (KSP) detectives searched Brummett’s home, pursuant to a warrant, and discovered 140 firearms. Because Brummett has a prior felony conviction, he is prohibited from possessing firearms. Brummett admitted he knew it was unlawful for him to possess firearms.

Additionally, Brummett, who had been receiving Social Security disability benefits, admitted that he intentionally failed to report some of his money and assets to the SSA so he could continue receiving financial assistance. According to court records, Brummett obtained $70,000 from SSA that he was not entitled to receive.

The investigation was conducted by ATF, KSP and the SSA. Assistant U.S. Attorney Hydee Hawkins prosecuted this case on behalf of the federal government.

Updated November 25, 2015