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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 22, 2021

Omaha Man Sentenced for Obtaining Firearms by Fraud

Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Blake D. Colson, 29, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced on November 19, 2021 by United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher to twelve months’ imprisonment for wire fraud. After Colson’s release from prison, he will begin a two-year term of supervised release.  Judge Buescher ordered Colson to pay $15,349.58 in restitution. 

Colson was a manager for Frontier Justice Omaha (FJO).  In late 2020, he used his managerial access at the business to create phony gift cards, then used the phony gift cards to obtain seventeen firearms, ammunition, and firearm accessories.  The fraud came to light as a result of FJO’s own internal review of its firearm transaction records.  When confronted, Colson admitted to the scheme and cooperated in the return of stolen items, nearly all of which were recovered.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Omaha Police Department.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Firearms Offenses
Updated November 24, 2021