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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Broward County Resident Sentenced to Prison for Knowingly Making False Statements in Order to Unlawfully Acquire Firearms

MIAMI - 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, Florida, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno to 46 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release (Case No. 19-cr-20273).   Kapri previously pled guilty to knowingly making false and fictitious written statements in connection with the acquisition and attempted acquisition of firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer.

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.

U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigative efforts of ATF in this matter.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Brown. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Brown is responsible for the asset forfeiture component of the case.

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 November 15, 2019