Kissimmee woman guilty of purchasing, selling 100 firearms used in international crimes

A 41-year-old Kissimmee woman is facing the possibility of dozens of years behind bars after she pled guilty to a litany of firearms charges.

Viviana Rodriguez pled guilty to one count of dealing in firearms without a license, seven counts of making a materially false statement to a federally licensed firearms dealer, and seven counts of causing a federally licensed firearms dealer to maintain false information in its records.

Rodriguez and her co-conspirator, 35-year-old Kingsley Wilson, were indicted earlier this year after a multi-year investigation into their illicit activities.

According to authorities, between January 2022 and July 2023, Wilson purchased 89 firearms from multiple gun dealers across the Middle District of Florida. During that same period, Rodriguez purchased approximately 40 firearms.

While purchasing the firearms, both individuals “falsely certified” on ATF Form 4473s (Firearm Transaction Records) that they were the “actual transferee/buyer” of the firearms.

Instead, Wilson and Rodriguez purchased the firearms for other individuals.

Ten of the firearms that were purchased by Wilson have already been recovered by law enforcement officials at crime scenes in the Bahamas and Canada.

Rodriguez now faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison for dealing in firearms without a license, ten years for each count of making a materially false statement to a firearms dealer, and five years for each count of causing the firearms dealer to maintain false information in its official record. Wilson pled guilty to 25 related counts last month and is currently awaiting sentencing.

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