For Immediate Release
Osceola County Woman Admits to Unlicensed Dealing in Firearms and Falsification of Gun Purchase Records
OCALA, Fla. — U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Viviana Rodriguez, 41, Kissimmee, has pleaded guilty to one count of dealing in firearms without a license, seven counts of making a materially false statement to a federally licensed firearms dealer (FFL) and seven counts of causing an FFL to maintain false information in its official records. Rodriguez faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison for dealing in firearms without a license, 10 years for each count of making a materially false statement to an FFL and five years for each count of causing an FFL to maintain false information in its official records. Her co-defendant, Kingsley Wilson, pleaded guilty to 25 related counts in November 2023 and is awaiting sentencing.
According to the plea agreement and evidence presented in court, between January 2022 and July 2023, Wilson purchased 92 firearms from FFLs within the Middle District of Florida. Rodriguez, Wilson’s girlfriend, purchased an additional 47 firearms during the same period. While purchasing these firearms, Rodriguez falsely certified on ATF Form 4473s (Firearm Transaction Records) that she was the “actual transferee/buyer” of the firearms. Rodriguez was actually purchasing these firearms for others in exchange for monetary payments. Wilson’s cellphone revealed numerous conversations between Wilson and others, including Rodriguez, about the illegal purchases and transfer of these firearms. Fourteen of the firearms purchased by Wilson and Rodriguez have been recovered by law enforcement at crime scenes (including homicides) in the Bahamas and Canada.
This case was investigated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Janette Swartzberg.
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 of Justice 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.