Southbridge man admits to illegally shipping gun parts
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A 60-year-old Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to illegally shipping gun parts across the globe.
David Maricola, of Southbridge, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy, exporting gun components, making false statements on customs forms and money laundering.
Federal authorities say Maricola and a 32-year-old Finnish citizen exported more than $100,000 worth of parts for assault rifles, pistols and submachine guns to 22 countries between November 2010 and March 2012.
Prosecutors say he sent the items to Finland, where his co-conspirator would then sell them to foreign criminal organizations. The parts ended up in France, Indonesia, New Zealand, Thailand, Spain, Australia, Germany and other countries.
Prosecutors say Maricola mislabeled customs forms when shipping the parts to say that they were for pellet guns or “aluminum sculptures.”
Maricola will be sentenced June 30.