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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Indiana

www.justice.gov/usao/inn

For Immediate Release

June 28, 2013

David Capp, United States Attorney

Contact: Mary Hatton
219) 937-5603
mary.hatton@usdoj.gov

Former Lake County Sheriff’s Department Officers Sentenced

Hammond, Indiana — The United States Attorney David Capp announced that Ronald Slusser, 49, and Joseph Kumstar, 42, both of Crown Point, Indiana, defendants in the case US v Kabella et al., were sentenced by Senior District Judge James Moody on June 27, 2013.

Slusser was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment and 1year of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of conspiracy to provide false information to a Federal Firearms Licensee, conspiracy to defraud the FDA, making false statements on a tax return and laundering/structuring of monetary instruments. Slusser was also ordered to pay $198,817.71 in restitution to the IRS for tax years 2005-2010.

Kumstar was sentenced to 57 months imprisonment and 1 year of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of conspiracy to provide false information to a Federal Firearms Licensee, conspiracy to defraud the FDA and making false statements on a tax return. Kumstar was ordered to pay $22,612.62 in restitution to the IRS for tax years 2005–2009.

According to documents filed by the government in this case, Slusser, while a patrol officer with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, and Kumstar, while the Deputy Chief for the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, conspired to obtain restricted firearms and defraud the FDA in order to retain restricted laser sites. The conspiracy involved the trafficking of between 25-99 firearms.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Food and Drug Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Defense Criminal Investigation Service. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Philip Benson.

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