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Citrus County Man Indicted For Unlawfully Possessing A Machinegun

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

Ocala, Florida –United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Dean Dumont (23, Inverness) with possession of an unregistered National Firearms Act firearm (machinegun). If convicted, Dumont faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. Dumont was indicted on December 7, 2021. He was arrested on February 14, 2022.

According to the facts presented in court, in November 2021, Dumont unwittingly reached out to a law enforcement confidential informant and offered to sell the informant a fully automatic, Glock-style handgun for $900. At that time, Dumont was on state felony supervision for an unrelated matter. Dumont sent the informant text messages and video files confirming that the firearm was a machinegun. The informant subsequently purchased the machinegun from Dumont. Law enforcement testing verified that the firearm discharged more than one round of ammunition from a single pull of the trigger. A record check confirmed that this machinegun was not registered to Dumont in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, as required under federal law. Investigators also determined that the firearm sold by Dumont was a “ghost gun”—it had had no manufacturer serial number.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.         

Updated February 16, 2022

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