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Chicago Man Sentenced to 30 Months

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana
For Straw Purchasing Firearms

HAMMOND – The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, Thomas L. Kirsch II, announced that Paul Fowlkes, 23, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced on November 2, 2017  by District Court Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 30 months imprisonment to be followed by two years of supervised release for providing false information to a Federal Firearms Licensee in acquiring firearms.  


According to Court filings, the Defendant purchased over 25 firearms during a one year period between March of 2016 and March of 2017 utilizing a false home address on required forms to acquire firearms from Federally Licensed Firearms Distributors within the Northern District of Indiana.  Fowlkes received a sentencing enhancement for trafficking in firearms due to the determination that at least eight of the firearms purchased by him in Indiana were later recovered by law enforcement in the possession of other persons, including juveniles and convicted felons, in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.   


This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in cooperation with the Indianapolis and Chicago Police Departments.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas McGrath.

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Updated November 3, 2017

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