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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Preet Bharara
, United States Attorney

Licensed Firearms Dealer from East Greenbush Sentenced in White Plains Federal Court for Illegally Trafficking Firearms with Obliterated Serial Numbers

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JONATHAN CUNEY, of East Greenbush, New York, was sentenced today in White Plains federal court to 37 months in prison for transporting and selling firearms with obliterated serial numbers while he was a licensed firearms dealer.  CUNEY pled guilty on June 1, 2015.  He was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vincent L. Briccetti.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said:  “Regulations governing firearms dealers and the sale of firearms are critically important to public safety.  Jonathan Cuney flouted these regulations and intentionally introduced nearly two dozen untraceable firearms into the streets.  Fortunately, Cuney was caught and convicted before more illegal guns could endanger our neighborhoods.”

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

CUNEY was a Federal Firearms License holder, which allowed him to manufacture, import, and sell firearms.  However, on multiple occasions between April 2013 and July 2014, CUNEY personally obliterated the serial numbers from firearms, and sold 22 of those firearms, including to an undercover Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

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In addition to the prison term, CUNEY, 32, of East Greenbush, New York, was also sentenced to two years of supervised release.

Mr. Bharara praised the investigative work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and thanked the Town of New Windsor Police Department for its assistance.

The case is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Filor is in charge of the prosecution.

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