Monday, December 5, 2011

Retired police officer pleads guilty to illegal gun sales, tax charges

56-year-old Roy Alloway was a police officer for thirty-two years, including being a longtime undercover narcotics detective for the Bremerton, Washington police department. Alloway retired in May 2010. In November 2010 federal agents raided his South Kitsap home as part of a sweep of several suspects accused of illegal gun sales. Prosecutors alleged that Alloway purchased nearly 400 guns from three different licensed firearms dealers between January 2005 and November 2010 and then sold the guns at area gun shows without being properly licensed. He also failed to report the income from the sales on his tax returns.
In October 2011 Alloway pleaded guilty to unlawful dealing in firearms and filing a false income tax return, both felonies. Alloway will be sentenced in January. As part of the plea agreement he will pay all back taxes and forfeit 58 firearms taken in the raid on his home.
Because Alloway was selling the guns as an unlicensed dealer at gun shows no criminal background checks were run on the purchasers. Nor were any records of the sales kept.
"As a police officer, Alloway knew better than anyone the risks of distributing firearms without background checks or sales records," said the U.S. Attorney for Washington state. "His attempt to hide the income from this illegal activity demonstrates he knew what he was doing was wrong."

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