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Date: 05-18-2019

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United States of America v. James A. Mayhugh, Jr.

Case Number: 3:19-cr-00070-WHR

Judge: Walter H. Rice

Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Franklin County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Brent G. Tabacchi

Defendant's Attorney: Richard E. Mayhall


Columbus,OH - Springfield Federal Firearms Licensee Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Records

Defendant's records showed purchases from deceased individuals

James A. Mayhugh, Jr., 61, of Springfield, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to crimes related to falsifying firearms sales records for more than 200 firearm sales. Mayhugh lied in his records concerning the identity of the purchaser and then actually sold the firearms to unknown individuals on the black market.

Mayhugh owned and operated Jim’s Sports in Springfield. According to court documents, ATF Industry Operation Investigators (IOI) noticed unusual trends in Mayhugh’s sales records. Identical firearm sales to an identical group of individuals had been recorded between 2008 and 2018. Also, while federal law required the purported purchaser to personally complete and sign forms before acquiring a firearm, each document instead bore Mayhugh’s handwriting.

While further reviewing Mayhugh’s records, ATF IOIs discovered one customer had died in 2014, even though Mayhugh’s records reflected gun purchases as recently as early 2018. Other customers had actually purchased from Mayhugh on one occasion 15 to 20 years ago, but records showed repeated buys in recent years.

Subsequent to a court-authorized search, agents discovered documents reflecting more than 200 firearm sales to fictitious customers.

Mayhugh pleaded guilty to willfully violating federal requirements to provide the name, age and address of firearms purchasers. This crime is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Mayhugh also agreed to surrender his federal firearms license and no longer operates a business.

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by ATF.


18 U.S.C. § 922(b)(5) - Willful sale and delivery of a firearm by an FFL without noting the name, age, and address of the purchaser in records required to be kept under federal law.

Outcome: 05/17/2019 4 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Walter H. Rice:Arraignment as to James Alfred Mayhugh Jr (1) Count 1-2 held on 5/17/2019,Defendant appeared with counsel. Defendant sworn in by the Court. Defendants right to Grand Jury consideration and Indictment explained and Defendant stated he understood this right. Defendant waived right to Indictment.Waiver of Indictment form signed by defendant, counsel for the defendant, and the Court. Statement of Facts read into record by Judge Walter H. Rice. Defendant acknowledged accuracy of Statement of Facts. Defendant waived Constitutional rights. Plea agreement read into the record by AUSA, Brent Tabacchi. Defendant entered pleas of GUILTY to Counts 1 and 2. The Court accepts defendants pleas of guilty. The Court accepts the Plea Agreement. Defendant referred to Probation Department for Pre-sentence Investigation (PSI). Bond: Bond conditions set and read into the record by the Court. ( Sentencing set for 8/27/2019 01:45 PM in Courtroom 1 - Dayton before Judge Walter H. Rice.) (Court Reporter: Debra Futrell) (pb) (Entered: 05/17/2019)
05/17/2019 5 ORDER Setting Conditions of Release as to James Alfred Mayhugh Jr (1) O/R. Signed by Judge Walter H. Rice on 5/17/19. (pb) (Entered: 05/17/2019)
05/17/2019 6 Appearance Bond Entered as to James Alfred Mayhugh, Jr in amount of $ O/R, (pb) (Entered: 05/17/2019)
05/17/2019 7 WAIVER OF INDICTMENT by James Alfred Mayhugh, Jr (pb) (Entered: 05/17/2019)
05/17/2019 8 Presentence Report Disclosure Notification received as to James Alfred Mayhugh, Jr. Report to be completed by Laura Hiegel. Presentence Investigation Report due by 6/21/2019. (pb) (Entered: 05/17/2019)

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