Man gets 15 months for lying to federal grand jury during firearms investigation

Posted Jan. 03, 2013, at 10:19 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 04, 2013, at 9:26 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Jose Ortiz, 26, of New York, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland by Judge D. Brock Hornby to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release for making a false declaration to a federal grand jury.

Ortiz pled guilty to the charge on Sept. 18, 2012.

According to court records, in October 2008, Ortiz testified before a federal grand jury conducting an investigation into firearms trafficking offenses. After being placed under oath and swearing to tell the truth, Ortiz was asked about his knowledge of firearms trafficking violations, including so-called “straw purchases” from firearms dealers. When asked if he had ever had anybody buy a gun for him, Ortiz replied that he had not. In fact, Ortiz had had another individual buy a Glock pistol for him from a firearms dealer in May 2007.

The individual who bought the gun for Ortiz, Jennifer Grenier, was prosecuted separately for making a false statement in connection with the acquisition of a firearm from a licensed firearms dealer. In connection with the purchase of the Glock handgun for Ortiz, Grenier represented that she was the actual buyer of the gun, when in fact she knew that the gun was for Ortiz. Grenier pled guilty and was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release in November 2012.

The case was prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II and the investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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