Canadian man pleads not guilty to gun charges in federal court

Posted Aug. 02, 2012, at 6:26 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Canadian man pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to gun charges.

Jeremy Gertsch, 34, of Oka, Quebec, was extradited to Maine last month after being arrested on Oct. 5, 2011, in Canada.

Details about his arrest were not included in court documents.

Gertsch was indicted last September by a federal grand jury on four counts of making a false statement in the acquisition of a firearm.

Between Jan. 26 and 28, 2011, Gertsch lied about his address and where he was born at two gun shops in Winslow, another in Waterville and a fourth in Farmingdale, according to the indictment.

In all, Gertsch was able to purchase seven handguns. He attempted to buy an eighth but was unsuccessful, the indictment said.

At all four locations, Gertsch gave a Water Street address in Augusta when he actually lived in Philomene, Oka, Quebec, according to the indictment.

He also said he was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on the application to purchase the firearms. Gertsch was born in Lachute, Argenteuil, Quebec, the indictment said.

The guns have not been recovered, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

At his arraignment Thursday, Gertsch agreed to be held without bail pending the outcome of his case.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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