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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Allentown Woman Sentenced To Three Years Prison For Straw Purchases

Nickaury DeJesus, a/k/a Nickaury DeJesus-Montanez, 22 years old, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, was sentenced late yesterday to 36 months in prison for straw purchasing five firearms in Lehigh County. DeJesus had pleaded guilty to five counts of making false statements to a federalfirearms licensee in connection with the purchase of five semi-automatic pistols. As she admitted in her guilty plea, DeJesus falsely certified when buying each of the pistols that she was the actual purchaser when, in fact, she was buying them for another person or persons.

Over an approximately month-and-a-half period in April and May 2015, DeJesus straw purchased the five handguns at two federal firearms licensees in Breinigsville and Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Two of those firearms were subsequently recovered during arrests of persons in Allentown and Brooklyn, New York. Another two of the firearms straw purchased by DeJesus were charged in a federal indictment, in which DeJesus was not charged, alleging seven armed robberies of commercial establishments in Allentown in May 2015.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Allentown Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Eric Boden with assistance provided by the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office.

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Updated July 21, 2016