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Ex-Shop Worker Convicted of Allowing Illegal Gun Buys


Federal prosecutors say a former Logan County gun and pawn shop employee was involved in more than 50 illegal gun purchases and transfers.

Acting U.S. Attorney Carol Casto says 38-year-old Steven Adkins of Man pleaded guilty Wednesday to making and aiding and abetting false statements relating to firearms purchases.

Adkins formerly worked at Uncle Sam’s Loans in Man. Casto says that from 2009 to 2014, Adkins was involved in illegal straw purchases, or the sale or transferring of firearms to people he knew weren’t the actual buyers.

Many gun purchases by criminals are made from straw purchasers who pass background checks.

Adkins faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing has been set for June 6 in federal court in Charleston.