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Several indicted for federal crimes in Glock bribery scheme

A firearms dealer in Kansas has been indicted in connection with allegations that he paid bribes and kickbacks to high-level officials within a firearms company. The man was accused of paying upwards of $1 million in financial bribes in exchange for preferential treatment and insider information about Glock, Inc. Several other individuals are also implicated in the federal crimes.

Official reports show that the 40-year-old Olathe man is accused of sending more than 100 payments through the U.S. Postal Service during a six-year period starting in 2003. He also sent about 80 wire transfers. In exchange, the company officials gave the man preferential treatment by pointing customers toward the man's business. He was also given access to certain restricted products, including those that are used by law enforcement agencies.

For example, the man reportedly received special prices for certain firearms. Those pistols were intended for sale to law enforcement agencies, so their prices were lower. The man sold those items to retail consumers at a high markup, thus increasing his profit.

Authorities say that an assistant national sales manager for Glock was also indicted, along with a regional manager with the company. Those men's wives were also charged in connection with the incident. The women were accused of hiding payments of the bribes and kickbacks that were submitted to the company.

The defendants in this case are charged with federal criminal activity because they allegedly participated in illegal financial transactions that compromised the ability of a company to do legitimate business. It may surprise some people that such violations would be considered federal violations, but it is important to remember that interstate commerce is overseen by the federal government. Even crimes that appear "victimless" -- such as fraud and financial violations -- may be addressed in federal court.

Source: The Kansas City Star, "Olathe gun dealer, Glock execs indicted in kickback scheme" Tony Rizzo, Jun. 05, 2014

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