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United States of America v. Paul Fowlkes
Northern District of Indiana Federal Courthouse - Hammond, Indiana
Case Number: 2:17-cr-00042-JVB-JEM
Judge: Joseph Van Bokkelen
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana (Lake County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Thomas McGrath
Defendant's Attorney: Roxanne Mendez Johnson - FCD
Description: Hammond, IN - Chicago Man Sentenced to 30 Months For Straw Purchasing Firearms
Paul Fowlkes, 23, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced on November 2, 2017 by District Court Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 30 months imprisonment to be followed by two years of supervised release for providing false information to a Federal Firearms Licensee in acquiring firearms.
According to Court filings, the Defendant purchased over 25 firearms during a one year period between March of 2016 and March of 2017 utilizing a false home address on required forms to acquire firearms from Federally Licensed Firearms Distributors within the Northern District of Indiana. Fowlkes received a sentencing enhancement for trafficking in firearms due to the determination that at least eight of the firearms purchased by him in Indiana were later recovered by law enforcement in the possession of other persons, including juveniles and convicted felons, in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in cooperation with the Indianapolis and Chicago Police Departments.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 30 months in prison.