Charges filed against man who sought “sniper rifle”

Staff report


U.S. attorneys filed a bill of information against a man who raised suspicions when he asked for a “sniper rifle for training” at a Boardman sporting-goods store. The bill of information charges Abdul Maola Alabadi with falsely representing himself as a U.S. citizen.

An affidavit filed in September accused Alabadi of failing to identify himself as a noncitizen on a form he filled out when purchasing a 9 mm handgun.

Alabadi possesses a green card, but is not a citizen. Noncitizens can purchase firearms, but they are required to list a U.S.-issued identification number.

At a court hearing earlier this week, Atty. David Betras, who represents Alabadi, told The Vindicator his client plans to plead guilty to the bill of information. Alabadi would lose his status as a lawful permanent resident of the United States as part of the agreement and return to Jordan, where he was born.

A manager at Fin Feather Fur Outfitters in Boardman reported Alabadi to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when he requested a “sniper rifle for training.” The manager said it was uncommon for people to refer to firearms as “sniper rifles,” according to the affidavit.

The affidavit also accused Alabadi of lying on immigration forms.

In his 2015 application for an immigrant visa, Alabadi said he had never been refused admission to the U.S. Records from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, however, show the State Department refused Alabadi visas once in 2007 and twice in 2012, according to the affidavit. He also admitted traveling to Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Morocco in the first 2012 visa application, but not the second.

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