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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Broward County Resident Pleads Guilty to Knowingly Making False Statements in Order to Unlawfully Acquire Firearms

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Ari C. Shapira, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Division announced that Bill K. Kapri, a/k/a “Kodak Black,” a/k/a “Dieuson Octave, 22, of Pompano Beach, FL, pled guilty today to two counts of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement in connection with the acquisition and attempted acquisition of a firearm from a federally licensed firearms dealer before U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno (Case No. 19-cr-20273).

According to the court record, including the agreed upon factual proffer, Kapri, on January 25, 2019 and March 1, 2019, completed ATF Form 4473.  On both occasions, Kapri answered “No” when asked, “Are you under indictment or information in any court for a felony, or any other crime for which the judge could imprison you for more than one year.”  On both occasions, as Kapri then and there well knew, Kapri was, in truth and in fact, under indictment for a felony offense.  On January 25, 2019, Kapri transposed several digits of his social security number and thus was able to pick up three firearms on February 1, 2019.  On March 1, 2019, Kapri used his true social security number and, as a result, was not permitted to pick up a fourth firearm.

At sentencing, Kapri faces a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigative efforts of ATF in this matter.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Brown.

Court documents and information related to this case may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Updated August 22, 2019