Gun dealers convicted of illegal machine gun sales

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Two licensed gun dealers were convicted last week on charges of defrauding the United States in its regulation of machine guns for more than a decade.

Randolph Benjamin Rodman, 60, of Crownsville, Md., and 59-year-old Idan C. Greenberg of Glendale, Ariz. were sentenced on June 20 to 121 months and 33 months in prison.

Officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office report that Rodman and Greenberg conspired with others to circumvent the machine gun regulations between Sept. 22, 1993 and April 8, 2009. They supposedly took the serial numbers from 30 registered, inexpensive machine guns and welded the numbers onto more expensive, illegally manufactured machine guns for purchase or transfer.

"Enforcement of gun laws, particularly the regulation of machine guns, is essential to public safety. The defendants' convictions and sentences demonstrate our commitment to prosecute those who violate gun laws, including licensed gun dealers," U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo said.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Rodman was found guilty on 22 charges, including conspiracy; illegal possession of a machine gun; obliterating the serial numbers of firearms; the manufacturing, possession, receipt and transfer of machine guns in violation of the National Firearms Act; and making false entries on applications and records.

The same federal jury found Greenberg guilty on four charges, involving conspiracy; illegal possession of a machine gun; receipt and possession of a firearm transferred in violation of the NFA; and receipt and possession of a firearm made in violation of the NFA.

"This was a very challenging and complicated investigation involving machine guns and fraud. These Federal Firearms Licensees violated the public's trust and defrauded countless customers of their NFA weapon purchases," said Thomas Atteberry, ATF Special Agent in Charge. "I hope their lengthy sentences serve notice to those that might consider committing the same criminal acts."

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