Lawrence Dreiband, age 68, of Alexandria, Virginia, pled guilty today to engaging in the business of dealing firearms without a license. Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Edgar A. Domenech, ATF Special Agent in Charge, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Liam O’Grady.
Dreiband was indicted on March 6, 2008, by a federal grand jury on two charges of gun crime violations. Sentencing has been set for Jan. 23, 2009. Dreiband faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, three years supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
In a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Dreiband admitted to selling over 50 firearms after the revocation of his federal firearms license. Dreiband sold the firearms out of his home and did not run background checks on the buyers.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The lead agent on the case was Special Agent Harry Brady. Special Assistant United States Attorney Natalie Voris is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.