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Huntsville Man Indicted for ID Theft, Counterfeiting and Illegal Gun Possession

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Alabama
Case Among Several Illegal Gun Possession Federal Indictments

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted a Huntsville man on identity theft, access device fraud and illegal gun possession charges, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey and U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Michael Williams.

A four-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges DAMARREYA BARROW, 39, with using counterfeit bank or credit cards to make purchases in Madison County and elsewhere, ranging from Prattville, Ala., to Fayetteville, Tenn., between February and May this year, and with possessing more than 15 of the counterfeit devices on June 2016 in Madison County. The indictment also charges Barrow with aggravated identity theft for using credit and debit card account numbers belonging to other people, and with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the indictment, Barrow was convicted of fraudulent use of a debit or credit card in Madison County Circuit Court in October 2015, and on June 22, 2016, possessed a Smith & Wesson Model 669 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

Barrow’s indictment is one of several involving illegal gun possession returned by the grand jury today. Others are as follows:

MAXIMILIANO CINTO, 33, a native of Guatemala living in Albertville, indicted as an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, a Jennings Model J-22 .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol, on Oct. 14, 2016, in Marshall County.

SIDONTE TOMAR HARRIS, 19, of Birmingham, indicted for stealing guns from Alabama Guns and Outdoors in Pelham on Jan. 13, and for possessing and receiving stolen guns in Jefferson County on Jan. 14.

Harris’ indictment charges that he stole 17 guns from the Pelham store and that he possessed three of the stolen guns on Jan. 14 – a Colt .38-caliber revolver, a Colt 32-20-caliber revolver and a Beretta .40-caliber pistol.

MARTIN SHELTON, 36, of Bessemer, indicted for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, a FNH .45-caliber pistol and a Steyr .40-caliber pistol, on Oct. 24, 2016, in Jefferson County. The indictment lists Shelton with prior convictions of unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle, March 2001, Jefferson County District Court; robbery, third degree, September 2002, Jefferson County District Court; unlawful possession of marijuana, first degree, January 2003, Jefferson County Circuit Court; and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, April 2009, Jefferson County Circuit Court.

BRUCE DANIEL WARD JR., 23, of Anniston, indicted for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms – a Harrington & Richardson 20-gauge shotgun, a Mossberg .22-caliber rifle and a Noble Manufacturing Company 16-gauge shotgun – on Feb. 1 in Calhoun County. Ward’s indictment lists him with prior convictions in Calhoun County Circuit Court of burglary, third degree, in April 2003, and receiving stolen property, first degree, in August 2012.

Aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory minimum two-year prison sentence and a maximum $250,000 fine. The maximum penalty for all other crimes charged in these cases is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Various agencies, including the Secret Service, Jefferson County Regional Fraud Task Force, Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigated the cases, which the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama is prosecuting.

An indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Updated May 25, 2017