COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — A family has been sentenced to prison for roles in a firearms straw purchasing conspiracy.
According to court records, Jesus Suarez directed his adult children to recruit their friends and acquaintances to make straw purchases of AK-47 rifles from Naples and Fort Myers-area licensed gun stores.
In exchange for cash from the Suarez family, the straw purchasers fraudulently certified the gun stores that they were buying the firearms for themselves when purchasing the guns for Jesus Suarez and his children.
According to evidence presented at the sentencing hearings, these straw-purchased firearms were after that unlawfully exported by Jesus Suarez to his native Bolivia.
All three had pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiring to falsify records relating to firearms purchases.
Jesus Robin Suarez 48 was sentenced to six months in prison. Kevin Robin Suarez 25 was sentenced to three years and one-month imprisonment, and Andrea Joselin Suarez, 28, was sentenced to four years and three months’ in federal prison.