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Man Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison for Making False Statements during Firearm Purchase

September 22, 2016

Office Affiliation: The Office of Investigations

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Hampshire:

CONCORD, N.H. – United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice announced today that Nana Kofi Baffoe, 63, was sentenced to serve 37 months in prison following his conviction on two charges of making false statements related to the purchase of firearms.

Baffoe previously pleaded guilty on June 14, 2016.  According to documents that were filed in United States District Court and statements in the plea proceeding, on February 4, 2015, Baffoe purchased two Ruger .45 caliber pistols from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Hudson, New Hampshire.  In purchasing these handguns, Baffoe filled out a form stating that he resided at a location in Manchester, New Hampshire.  A subsequent law enforcement investigation showed that this statement was false.  At the time of the purchase, Baffoe was residing in Canada.  He never resided at the address in Manchester.  Under federal law, the firearms dealer could not have lawfully sold these handguns to Baffoe if he was not a resident of New Hampshire.

Baffoe, who also has used the name John A. Baffoe, is originally from Ghana, but is a citizen of Canada and the United States.  He originally was arrested on May 26, 2015.  According to an affidavit previously filed in federal court, Baffoe entered the United States from Canada at a border crossing on May 18, 2015.  A few days later, he met with a firearms dealer in Nashua, New Hampshire and sought to purchase 100 handguns.  However, he was arrested before that larger transaction could take place.

Baffoe was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Joseph Laplante.  After serving his prison sentence, Baffoe will be placed on supervised release for two years.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with assistance from the Manchester Police Department, Nashua Police Department, the New Hampshire State Police, the Office of Inspector General of the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. State Department.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John J. Farley.

CONCORD, N.H. – United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice announced today that Nana Kofi Baffoe, 63, was sentenced to serve 37 months in prison following his conviction on two charges of making false statements related to the purchase of firearms.

Baffoe previously pleaded guilty on June 14, 2016.  According to documents that were filed in United States District Court and statements in the plea proceeding, on February 4, 2015, Baffoe purchased two Ruger .45 caliber pistols from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Hudson, New Hampshire.  In purchasing these handguns, Baffoe filled out a form stating that he resided at a location in Manchester, New Hampshire.  A subsequent law enforcement investigation showed that this statement was false.  At the time of the purchase, Baffoe was residing in Canada.  He never resided at the address in Manchester.  Under federal law, the firearms dealer could not have lawfully sold these handguns to Baffoe if he was not a resident of New Hampshire.

Baffoe, who also has used the name John A. Baffoe, is originally from Ghana, but is a citizen of Canada and the United States.  He originally was arrested on May 26, 2015.  According to an affidavit previously filed in federal court, Baffoe entered the United States from Canada at a border crossing on May 18, 2015.  A few days later, he met with a firearms dealer in Nashua, New Hampshire and sought to purchase 100 handguns.  However, he was arrested before that larger transaction could take place.

Baffoe was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Joseph Laplante.  After serving his prison sentence, Baffoe will be placed on supervised release for two years.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with assistance from the Manchester Police Department, Nashua Police Department, the New Hampshire State Police, the Office of Inspector General of the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. State Department.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John J. Farley.

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