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Ex-Boston cop convicted of ‘straw’ gun purchases

September 17, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a former Boston police officer of using his professional credentials to illegally buy two handguns for civilian acquaintances.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 38-year-old Adarbaad Karani was found guilty on Monday of two counts of making a false statement during the purchase of firearms and two counts of making a false statement in a record.

Federal prosecutors said Karani acted as a “straw purchaser” for two Glock pistols in 2015, in each case showing a police identification card and stating the guns were for official use.

State law bars civilians from purchasing those particular Glock models.

Karani’s lawyer had argued the purchases were legal.

Karani faces up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 on each count. He’ll be sentenced in December.

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