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Stroudsburg Woman And East Stroudsburg Man Charged With Making Straw Purchases Of Fifteen Firearms

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

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Yesenia Ramos, age 43, of Stroudsburg, and Windall Mitchell, age 34, of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, were charged on June 20, 2023, by a federal grand jury with multiple counts of making false statements to federally licensed firearms dealers.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Yesenia Ramos, age 43, of Stroudsburg, and Windall Mitchell, age 34, of East Stroudsburg, are charged with conspiring to provide false information to federally licensed firearms dealers regarding the purchases of fifteen firearms between May 15, 2021 and June 14, 2022, in Monroe County.  The fifteen firearms were purchased from various federally licensed firearms dealers in Monroe County, including Dunkelberger’s Sports Outfitters in Stroudsburg and Brodheadsville, Pocono Mountain Firearms in Scotrun, The Gun Place in East Stroudsburg, and Lopez Firearms in Pocono Summit.  The indictment also charges Ramos with fifteen substantive counts of making false statements to federally licensed firearms dealers, and charges Mitchell with being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

The charge against the defendants resulted from an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), and the Pennsylvania State Police.  Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara is prosecuting the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

The maximum penalty under federal law for the offenses of making false statements to firearms dealers and for being a felon in possession of firearms is ten years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.


Updated June 28, 2023

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