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Puerto Rico attorney accused in gun permit case

December 19, 2013

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Puerto Rico attorney and notary has been charged in a $1.8 million federal fraud case after authorities accused him of helping more than 100 people obtain fake permits to carry concealed firearms.

Antonio Peluzzo Perotin faces 300 counts including aggravated identity theft in a case investigated by the FBI and Puerto Rico police. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said Thursday that Peluzzo was introduced to people through his ties with a gun shop and a network of brokers.

Puerto Rico Police Chief James Tuller said officers are now investigating whether any crimes have been committed by those who obtained fake permits.

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