The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont said that on June 24, 2022, Chief United States District Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford sentenced Amrou Mohamed, 26, of Burlington, to a sentence of jailed for 15 months, to be followed by three years of probation, following his guilty plea to a charge of aiding and abetting a misrepresentation in connection with the purchase of a firearm in June 2021 .
According to court records, Mohamed was planning for an anonymous buyer to buy him a gun. Mohamed explained to the buyer the steps the buyer would have to follow to buy the gun from him and informed him that the buyer would have to lie when answering a question on a form asking if the buyer was the actual purchaser of the firearm. On June 2, 2021, Mohamed provided the buyer with funds to purchase the firearm and then drove the buyer to a licensed firearms dealer. The buyer chose a Glock 17 9mm pistol and submitted Form ATF 4473 indicating that the buyer was in fact the actual purchaser of the firearm. On June 26, 2021, the Burlington Police Department seized Mohamed’s firearm, finding that it was loaded with ten 9mm rounds.
At the sentencing hearing, Judge Crawford found that Mohamed’s offense involved between three and seven firearms based on his unlawful possession of various firearms on other occasions.
United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest praised the efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their work in this investigation, as well as the Burlington Police Department and the South Burlington Police Department. US Attorney Kerest said, “Lying to gun dealers for the purpose of illegally obtaining firearms is a serious offense that jeopardizes the safety of our community. We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute violations of federal firearms laws.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nate Burris. Mohamed was represented by attorney Mary Nerino of the Office of the Federal Public Defender.
The case is being prosecuted under the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, the centerpiece of the Justice Department’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through the PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, the PSN focuses its law enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and rehabilitation programs for a lasting reduction in crime. Please visit https://www.justice.gov/psn for more information.