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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida
Roger B. Handberg, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Four-Time Convicted Felon Indicted For Possession Of A Rifle, Ammunition, Machineguns, And Silencers

Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Lee Ann Roberts (42, Altamonte Springs) with possession of a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon and possession of unregistered machineguns and silencers. If convicted, Roberts faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon and up to 10 years in federal prison for possessing unregistered machineguns and silencers. The indictment also notifies Roberts that the United States intends to forfeit the firearms, silencers, and ammunition involved in the offense.

According to the indictment, Roberts is a four-time convicted felon. Despite knowing that she was a felon, on February 12, 2024, Roberts possessed a Savage Arms rifle and ammunition. As a convicted felon, she is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law. Roberts also possessed two AR-type machineguns and three silencers. None of the machineguns or silencers were registered to Roberts in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, as required under federal law.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Altamonte Springs Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard Varadan.

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.

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