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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of New York

For Immediate Release

Friday, September 22, 2017
Grant C. Jaquith
, United States Attorney
Contact: Richard Southwick

Charles Tan Arrested for Federal Firearms Felonies

Indictment Alleges Offenses Related to the Purchase of a Shotgun

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - Charles Tan, 22, of Pittsford, New York, was arrested today in Lewiston, New York on a federal indictment, as he crossed into the United States from Canada.           
 
The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, Special Agent in Charge Ashan M. Benedict, United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Monroe County (New York) Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn.
 
Tan will appear before a United States Magistrate Judge in Syracuse, New York at 4:00 pm on Saturday September 23, 2017 on an Indictment charging him with one count of Receiving a Firearm and Ammunition with Intent to Commit an Offense, and two counts of Making a False Statement During the Purchase of a Firearm.
 
Tan faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years on each count charging him with Making a False Statement During the Purchase of a Firearm and a maximum term of imprisonment of 5 years for the charge of Receiving a Firearm and Ammunition with Intent to Commit an Offense.  He also faces a maximum fine of $250,000 on each count and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.
 
The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
 
This case is being investigated by ATF and the Monroe County, New York, Sheriff’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Miroslav Lovric.  
 
 
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