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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Grove City Man Charged with Providing False Info During the Purchase of a Firearm

PITTSBURGH, PA - A Mercer County resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating the federal firearms law, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count Indictment, returned on February 18, 2020, named Karl Alexander, 79, of Grove City, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on September 29, 2018, Alexander knowingly made a false statement to a licensed firearms dealer during the acquisition of a firearm, intending to deceive the dealer and purchase the firearm for another person.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 10 years in prison, a fine of not more than $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case. This case was brought as part of Project Guardian. Reducing gun violence and enforcing federal firearms laws have always been among the Department of Justice’s highest priorities. Project Guardian serves as a complementary effort to the success of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Firearms Offenses
Project Guardian
Updated February 20, 2020