A federal court in Boston indicted a Mashpee couple on charges of making false statements during the purchase of firearms, according to the US Department of Justice.
The charges carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine, the department stated in a release.
According to the Justice Department, Justin F. Watson used a Cape Cod Community College identification card identifying him as “Campus Police” and “Faculty/Staff” to purchase both weapons, with Angel Ecker posing as his boss during one purchase.
The weapons purchased by Mr. Watson were both models of Glock firearms which are reserved only for law enforcement officers with the power to conduct arrests, the department states.
Though Mr. Watson worked as an institutional security officer/campus police dispatcher with the Cape Cod Community College police from March 2018 to February 2019, he did not carry a weapon and did not have the power to make arrests, the department stated.
According to the Justice Department, Mr. Watson told employees at the firearm dealers where he purchased the weapons that he had the authority to make arrests.
Posing as his boss, Ms. Ecker also told a sales manager that Mr. Watson had the authority to make arrests, the department states.
According to the department, Mr. Watson, in an interview with law enforcement, “acknowledged that if the firearms dealers had understood that he was not a police officer with arrest powers, they would not have sold him the firearms."
Mr. Watson was also indicted on one count of making false statements in a record.