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Former Boston Police Officer Convicted by Federal Jury in Connection with Straw Purchases of Firearms

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

BOSTON – A former Boston Police Officer was convicted today by a federal jury in Boston with illegally purchasing two firearms on behalf of acquaintances. 

Adarbaad Karani, 38, of West Roxbury, was convicted following a five-day jury trial of two counts of making a false statement during the purchase of firearms and two counts of making a false statement in a record. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel scheduled sentencing for Dec. 10, 2018. In May 2017, Karani was indicted.

On two different occasions, in November 2014 and September 2015, Karani acted as the “straw purchaser” of two firearms, a Glock, model 27, .40 caliber pistol and a Glock, model 30S, .45 caliber pistol, which he purchased for two acquaintances. Karani purchased the firearms, which cannot be acquired by civilians, using his police identification and falsely certified that the firearms were for his official police use. During one purchase, Karani also indicated that the firearm was not for resale.

Straw purchases interfere with firearm regulation and recordkeeping, and federal law prohibits making false statements to a firearms dealer in connection with the sale of a firearm.

The charging statutes each provide for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia M. Carris of Lelling’s Public Corruption & Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting the case.

Updated September 17, 2018

Public Corruption