Undocumented alien and former Marietta teaching assistant have been sentenced to prison for firearms trafficking
ATLANTA - Dawn Anderson, a/k/a Prestige, Ashlie Onyedika, Shawn Lewis, and Distincvision, LLC, d/b/a Liquidation Outlet Center, have been arraigned on violations of federal firearms laws. Anderson and Distincvision, LLC, d/b/a Liquidation Outlet Center (“LOC”) have been charged with the failure of a federally licensed firearms dealer to keep proper records. Onyedika, Lewis, and LOC have been charged with selling firearms to a convicted felon.
“Anderson is charged with failing to keep proper records of firearm sales while clerks in her store sold guns to a convicted felon,” said U.S. Attorney John Horn. “Firearms dealers who disregard laws governing the sale of firearms violate their obligation to keep guns out of the hands of felons and present a threat to the safety of the community.”
“ATF’s mission and priority is to deny criminals access to firearms and protect the rights of law abiding citizens. Several employees of the Liquidation Outlet Center violated federal law by selling firearms to a convicted felon. ATF takes this crime very seriously, and the perpetrators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” said Wayne Dixie, Special Agent in Charge Atlanta Field Division.
According to U.S. Attorney Horn, the charges, and other information presented in court: The indictment alleges that on June 30, 2016 and August 4, 2016, LOC clerks Ashlie Onyedika and Shawn Lewis knowingly sold two firearms to a convicted felon while they were working at LOC. On December 2, 2016, Dawn Anderson, the owner of LOC, allegedly sold a pistol to an individual without recording the actual buyer's name, age, and residence, as required by law.
Dawn Anderson, a/k/a Prestige, 50, Ashlie Onyedika, 25, Shawn Lewis, 45, and Distincvision, LLC, d/b/a Liquidation Outlet Center, all of Atlanta, Georgia, were arraigned by U.S. Magistrate Judges Linda T. Walker and Catherine M. Salinas. Anderson, Onyedika, Lewis, and LOC were indicted by a federal grand jury on May 9, 2017.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendants are presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Katherine M. Hoffer and Jolee Porter are prosecuting the case.
For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.