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Erie Felon Lied on Firearms Purchase and Passport Applications Forms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal firearms laws and making a false statement in an application for a United States passport, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Amaad Maliek Ali, 48, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter.

In connection with the guilty plea on the gun charge, the court was advised that on or about April 7, 2018, Ali falsified his application for the purchase of a firearm and lied about his prior felony convictions. A National Instant Criminal Background Check was made and Ali was rejected for the firearm purchase because of his prior criminal record.

In connection with the guilty plea on the false statement charge, the court was advised that on or about April 18, 2017, Ali made a false statement on a United States passport application by stating that his social security number was 000-00-0000.

Judge Baxter scheduled sentencing for September 26, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), the Pennsylvania State Police and the Erie Police Department conducted the investigations that led to the prosecution of Ali.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reductions efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevent and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Updated July 1, 2019

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