- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors in New Orleans say a man who cannot legally possess a firearm because he is a convicted felon faces up to five years in prison because he tried to falsify information to purchase a weapon.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite (poh-LEET’) said in a Tuesday news release that 26-year-old Rickey Coleman of Meraux has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to falsify Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms records.

The 2013 scheme involved having a woman purchase the gun and fill out a form with false information about its true ownership.

In addition to a possible sentence of up to five years, Coleman could be fined $250,000. Sentencing is set for Aug. 5.

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