BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY – Brandon Wayne Parker, 41, of Horse Cave, Ky. Was sentenced today by United States District Chief Justice Greg N. Stivers to serve 82 months in federal prison and pay restitution in the amount of $ 99,588.40 for theft of firearms from a federal firearms licensee, possession of stolen firearms, providing false information on ATF 4473 forms and aggravated identity theft. There is no parole in the federal system.

“I salute the outstanding work of the ATF in this case,” Acting US Attorney Michael A. Bennett said. “Identifying, arresting and prosecuting those involved in gun theft is an important part of our overall strategy to tackle violent crime and keep our communities safe.

“Federally licensed gun dealers are working with the Louisville Field Division of the ATF to ensure the legal sale of firearms in stores in Kentucky and West Virginia,” said the Special Agent in Charge, R. Shawn Morrow of ATF Louisville Field Division. “In this case, an employee stole guns from their employer as part of ongoing identity theft and fraud. ATF is committed to keeping our communities safe by investigating and arresting those who obtain firearms through illegal means.

According to court documents, Parker was employed by Master Pawn of Horse Cave, a federally licensed gun dealer located in Horse Cave, Ky. In his plea agreement, Parker admitted to stealing approximately 335 firearms from Master Pawn between November 2016 and August 22, 2018. Parker also admitted to providing false information on the ATF 4473 forms by entering the credentials of ‘legitimate buyers, unwittingly, to fraudulently obtain and steal the guns. An ATF 4473 form must be completed to purchase a firearm from a federally licensed firearms dealer.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Judd continued the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice‘s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a wide range 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 its enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and reintegration programs for sustainable crime reduction.

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