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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Ohio

For Immediate Release

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Justin E. Herdman
, United States Attorney
Contact: Mike Tobin

Canfield Man Indicted for having Unregistered Machine Gun and Ammunition Despite Felony Conviction

A Canfield man was arrested today after being indicted on firearms violations, said U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman.

Michael G. Malvasi, 55, was indicted on one count of possessing a firearm not registered to him in the national firearms registration and transfer record and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.    

Malvasi on Aug. 2, 2017 possessed an Interdynamic 9 mm machinegun that was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. He was also prohibited from having the firearm and ammunition because of a 2011 conviction for tax evasion, according to court documents.

The investigation was conducted by the Canfield Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Toepfer.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Columbus Field Division