CHICAGO — Five people were indicted by a grand jury for their roles in a "straw purchase" scheme that sent at least nine handguns from Michigan to Chicago, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Chicago resident Nathaniel McElroy paid a "premium" over store prices to Michigan residents Cornelius Battle and Dalrick Drain to buy guns from licensed dealers in Kalamazoo, Mich., court documents allege.
Two other Michigan residents — Reginald Johnson and Lashon Moore — were also indicted in the case.
The purchases began in January and continued through June. Federal authorities say McElroy used Facebook and phone calls to set up times to go to Michigan to bring back guns to Chicago.
All five face two counts both of which carry up to five years in prison if convicted: conspiracy to willfully deal firearms without a license, to willfully transfer firearms to non-Michigan residents, and to knowingly make false statements in connection with the acquisition of a firearm; one count of willfully dealing firearms without a license.
Here's the indictment: