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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Davenport Man Sentenced to Prison for Making False Statements During Purchase of Firearms

DAVENPORT, IA – On November 14, 2016, Algerron Lee Goldsmith, 26, of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose to 18 months in prison for three counts of making false statements during purchase of firearms, to run concurrently, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Goldsmith was ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term, pay $300 to the Crime Victims’ Fund, and pay $1,998 in restitution to the State of Iowa.

Goldsmith pleaded guilty to three counts of making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm on June 29, 2016. According to the plea agreement, on February 21, 2015, Goldsmith bought a HI Point 380 caliber pistol; on May 2, 2015, Goldsmith bought a HI Point 9 mm pistol; and on June 19, 2015, Goldsmith bought a HI Point 45 caliber pistol. At each purchase, Goldsmith listed a false address on the 4473 Form, which is a document required by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to be filled out at the time of purchase.

During the investigation into the false statements on the 4473 Forms, a fraudulent Social Security document was found at Goldsmith’s residence. This document was used to obtain rent rebate monies in 2014 and 2015 in the amount of $1,998. Goldsmith agreed to pay back the amount reimbursed to him based on the fraudulent document he submitted.

This matter was investigated by the Davenport Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa as part of the Project Safe Neighborhood initiative.

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Updated November 15, 2016