For Immediate Release
Gainesville Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Identity Theft and Possessing Firearms as a Convicted Felon
Ocala, Florida – Senior United States District Judge Gregory A. Presnell has sentenced Brandon Jamal Alex Grant (23, Gainesville) to three years and one month in federal prison for possessing counterfeit access devices with the intent to defraud and possessing firearms as a convicted felon. Grant had pleaded guilty on May 2, 2023.
According to court documents, on July 5, 2022, troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol pulled over a Maserati owned and operated by Grant for driving on a suspended license. After troopers smelled marijuana, they searched the vehicle and discovered 61 fraudulent debit and credit cards, a forged identification card bearing Grant’s photograph, numerous fraudulent checks, electronic devices used to facilitate fraud (including a laptop computer and laser printer), two loaded firearms, and more than $14,000 in cash. Grant has prior state felony convictions for possession of a forged driver’s license, possession of oxycodone, and grand theft. As a convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Secret Service, and the Florida Highway Patrol. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William S. Hamilton.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.