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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Ohio

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Benjamin C. Glassman
, United States Attorney
Contact: Jennifer Thornton

Springfield Federal Firearms Licensee Sentenced for Falsifying Records

DAYTON – The owner of a Springfield gun store whose falsified records showed he was selling guns to a deceased individual was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 18 months in prison.

James A. Mayhugh, Jr., 61, of Springfield, Ohio, falsified firearms sales records for more than 200 gun sales. Mayhugh lied in his records concerning the identity of the purchaser and then actually sold the firearms to unknown individuals on the black market. A least two of the 248 weapons were later discovered by law enforcement officers out of state while executing search warrants.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Jonathan McPherson, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice.

Mayhugh owned and operated Jim’s Sports in Springfield. According to court documents, ATF Industry Operation Investigators (IOI) noticed unusual trends in Mayhugh’s sales records. Identical firearm sales to an identical group of individuals had been recorded between 2008 and 2018. Also, while federal law required the purported purchaser to personally complete and sign forms before acquiring a firearm, each document instead bore Mayhugh’s handwriting.

While further reviewing Mayhugh’s records, ATF IOIs discovered one customer had died in 2014, even though Mauhugh’s records reflected gun purchases as recently as early 2018. Other customers had actually purchased from Mayhugh on one occasion 15 to 20 years ago, but records showed repeated buys in recent years.

Subsequent to a court-authorized search, agents discovered documents reflecting more than 200 firearm sales to fictitious customers.

Mayhugh pleaded guilty in May to willfully violating federal requirements to provide the name, age and address of firearms purchasers.

Mayhugh also agreed to surrender his federal firearms license and no longer operates a business.

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by ATF and Assistant United States Attorney Brent G. Tabacchi, who is representing the United States in this case.

 

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