Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced Jacquavius Smith (21, Orlando), a/k/a 9lokkNine and GlokkNine, to seven years and three months in federal prison for illegally possessing a short barreled semi-automatic rifle, possessing a handgun and ammunition as a convicted felon, and aggravated identity theft. The Court also ordered Smith to serve a three-year term of supervised release and to forfeit the firearms and ammunition related to the offenses.
Smith had pleaded guilty on July 13, 2021.
According to court documents, the Orlando Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence where Smith was known to stay. During the search, officers found a short-barreled semi-automatic rifle with a large capacity magazine, a handgun with an extended magazine, and approximately 70 rounds of ammunition, all belonging to Smith. Because he had previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses, including burglary, grand theft, criminal mischief, and narcotics possession, federal law prohibits Smith from possessing a firearm or ammunition.
While awaiting trial on those charges, Smith stole a victim’s personal identification information and used it to obtain a fraudulent loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a component of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) passed to provide assistance to businesses and individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
After obtaining another search warrant, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office searched the residence where Smith was reportedly staying pending his trial. During that search, Smith was again found with a semi-automatic handgun and several rounds of ammunition. Smith also had in his possession 13 auto sears – devices capable of converting a semi-automatic firearm into a fully automatic firearm.
This case was investigated by the Orlando Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys John Gardella and Amanda Daniels.
This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
The PPP allows qualifying small businesses and other organizations to receive loans with a maturity of two years and an interest rate of 1%. PPP loan proceeds must be used by businesses on payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent and utilities. The PPP allows the interest and principal to be forgiven if businesses spend the proceeds on these expenses within eight weeks of receipt and use at least 75 percent of the forgiven amount for payroll. Anyone with information about allegations of fraud related to COVID-19, including the PPP or the CARES Act, can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via the NCDF Web Complaint Form at: https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.
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