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DOJ Indicts Central Florida Couple for Illegal Gun Dealing, Other Violations

Matt O'Hern
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A central Florida couple faces a 39-count indictment on multiple firearm related violations. According to the U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney's ffice for the Middle District of Florida. Kingsley Wilson (35, Kissimmee) and Viviana Rodriguez (41, Kissimmee), allegedly dealt firearms without a license, made a materially false statement to a federally licensed firearms dealer (FFL), and caused an FLL to maintain false information in its official records.

According to evidence and documents presented in court, between January 2022 and July 2023, Wilson purchased 89 firearms from multiple gun dealers in the Middle District of Florida, which includes the Orlando-Kissimmee Metro area. During that same period, Rodriguez purchased approximately 40 firearms. While purchasing these firearms, Wilson and Rodriguez each falsely certified on ATF Form 4473s (Firearm Transaction Records) that they were the “actual transferee/buyer” of the firearms. In actuality, they were purchasing the firearms for other individuals. Ten of the firearms purchased by Wilson have been recovered by law enforcement at crime scenes in the Bahamas and Canada.

If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison for dealing in firearms without a license; 10 years for each count of making a materially false statement to an FFL; and five years for each count of causing an FFL to maintain false information in its official records.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida includes 35 of the state’s 67 counties. More than 11.5 million Floridians reside in the district, making it the second most populous district in the nation. with offices in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Fort Myers, and Ocala.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Janette Swartzberg.

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Matt O’Hern’s journalism experience includes political news reporting for various organizations and news publications in Florida since 2005. O’Hern graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL with a degree in journalism.

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