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Trenton Man Charged With Illegally Transporting Firearms

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

Clifford Riheem Elisah Bright, 29, of Trenton, New Jersey, was charged yesterday by indictment with transporting firearms from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to New Jersey while engaged in the business of dealing in firearms without a license announced United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen.  Bright was also charged with 11 counts of interstate travel to acquire firearms for the purposes of unlicensed dealing in firearms and 15 counts of making false statements to a federal firearms licensee.  The indictment alleges that from December 30, 2017 through February 24, 2018, while engaged in the business of dealing firearms without a license, Bright traveled from the State of New Jersey to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to acquire the firearms and then transported them back to the State of New Jersey.  The indictment also alleges that on or about November 18, 2017 through March 1, 2018, Bright purchased 24 firearms from three different federal firearms licensees, and in doing so, knowingly made false statements pertaining to information that the law requires the licensees keep. 

If convicted of the charges, defendant faces a maximum sentence of 190 years’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release, a $6,750,000 fine, and a $2,700 special assessment, restitution, and forfeiture of the firearms involved.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”), and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Katherine E. Driscoll.

An Indictment, Information or Criminal Complaint is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Updated April 6, 2018

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