Story by 89 WLS Web Writer Kim Rasmussen
A suburban Crest Hill man and his sister in Missouri have been indicted on federal charges for conspiring to have her illegally ship firearms across state lines.
Richard Carrino, 28, wanted his sister Angela Marie Carrino, 24, to buy at least five firearms in Missouri and send them to Illinois.
Richard is barred from possessing firearms because he is a convicted felon.
Richard and Angel were charged in a seven-count indictment that was returned Wednesday by a federal grand jury.
Richard, also known as R.J., was initially indicted alone in March on three counts of being a felon in posession of firearms following an undercover investigation by Bureau of ALcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents. He was arrested on April 3, pleaded not guilty and remains in federal custody without bond pending trial.
Angela was added as a defendant in the new indictment and will be arraigned at a later date in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
Both were charged with conspiring between November 2012 and February 2013 to have Angela make illegal "straw purchases" of firearms from licensed dealers in Missouri and illegally transfer them to Richard, a convicted felon, knowing that he lived in a different state.
According to the indictment, the two discussed types of guns to obtain and Richard sent Angela money to make the purchases.
Angela falsely certified that she was the actual buyer of the firearms, then shipped at least five firearms from Missouri to her brother in Illinois.
Richard then sold or transferred three of the firearms to an undercover agent, believing in at least one transaction that the individual was a convicted felon.
Three of the firearms – two .45 caliber semi-automatic Hi-Point pistols and a 9-millimeter semi-automatic Hi-Point model C-9 handgun – were obtained by ATF agents during the investigation and the indictment seeks forfeiture of those guns.
Angela Marie Carrino was also charged with three counts of illegally transferring firearms across state lines, while Richard remains charged with the three original counts of being a felon-in-possession of firearms.
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