- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A 22-year-old Cushing, Maine, woman says she is guilty of making a false statement to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about her former boyfriend’s possession of weapons.

Federal prosecutors say the ATF investigated Crystal Burch’s then-boyfriend for illegal possession of firearms last year. Burch bought several handguns from a firearms dealer and the ATF wanted to know if her boyfriend possessed any of them. Prosecutors say Burch lied when she told agents that she had transferred the guns to the boyfriend’s father. Agents later that same day found that the boyfriend possessed two of the handguns.

Burch pleaded guilty on Wednesday. She faces a sentence of up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.


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