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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

For Immediate Release

Monday, December 14, 2015
Zane D. Memeger
, United States Attorney

Indictment Charges Alleged Leader of Straw Purchasing Scheme

PHILADELPHIA - Nakia Adams, 41, address unknown, was charged by indictment, unsealed today, with conspiracy, making false statements to a federal firearms licensee, possession of firearms by a convicted felon, and aiding and abetting, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. The charges arise from Adams’ use of several individuals as “straw purchasers” to obtain firearms from federally licensed firearms dealers. Adams, as a previously convicted felon, is prohibited from purchasing firearms himself.  


If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible statutory sentence of 90 years in prison, possible fines, a $1,200 special assessment, and three years of supervised release. 


The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reading Field Office and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Eric Boden.


An Indictment or Information is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Philadelphia Field Division