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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
Thursday, February 8, 2024

Lake County Man Arrested for Illegally Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon

OCALA, Fla. — U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the arrest of William Scott Fogg ,37, of Altoona, on an indictment charging him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. If convicted, Fogg faces up to 15 years in federal prison. A federal grand jury indicted Fogg on Dec. 20, 2023. 

According to court records, Fogg has been convicted of eight felonies since 2008, including burglary, grand theft, and illegal drug possession. On Aug. 28, 2023, Fogg approached his girlfriend, who was seated in a truck with her minor children. Fogg entered the vehicle, took a pistol out of the center console, pulled back the slide, and threatened to shoot all of them. Responding deputies subsequently took Fogg into custody and recovered the loaded firearm. As a convicted felon, Fogg is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hannah Nowalk.

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.


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