A 75-year-old licensed firearms dealer is facing up to fifteen years in federal prison after admitting to falsifying records and helping drug dealers and convicted felons purchase guns.
Angel Ruben Hernandez, of Altamonte Springs, pled guilty to three counts of failing to record required information about firearms purchases on federal forms.
According to a plea agreement, Hernandez was the owner and operator of Arms Hill LLC, a federally licensed firearms dealer, from 2019 to 2023.
In 2022, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was tipped off that Hernandez had been supplying firearms to an individual who was unlawfully selling them to drug dealers and convicted felons. According to the FBI, Hernandez had been falsifying paperwork in connection with the firearms.
In April 2023, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives used a source to conduct a series of undercover purchases from Hernandez. According to the ATF, Hernandez sold nine firearms to the source on April 20, 2023, April 24, 2023, and May 1, 2023.
Hernandez charged above-market prices for the firearms and created false ATF Form 4473 forms documenting fake sales to his own relatives.
On May 19, 2023, ATF agents executed a search warrant at his facility and found pre-filled ATF 4473 forms with information from Hernandez’s relatives that had been pre-filled for future fraudulent sales.
According to the ATF, Hernandez’s records showed that nearly a quarter of his sales, or around 260 firearms, were fraudulently recorded as being sold to relatives.
Hernandez faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison for each count. A sentencing date has not been set in the case.