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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Cushing Woman Pleads Guilty to Making A False Statement

Contact: Craig M. Wolff
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Crystal Burch, 22, of Cushing, Maine, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to making a false statement to a government agency.

According to court records, in June 2014, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was investigating Burch’s then-boyfriend for the illegal possession of firearms. In 2013, Burch purchased several handguns from a local firearms dealer and ATF agents were trying to determine whether Burch’s boyfriend possessed any of them. Burch falsely told an ATF agent that she had transferred the handguns to her boyfriend’s father. Later the same day other ATF agents found her boyfriend in possession of two of the handguns.

Burch faces a sentence of up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. She will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the ATF.

Updated April 2, 2015