Denham man sentenced for using 49 people’s credit card information to buy over $27,000 in guns & parts

BATON ROUGE, La. — A Denham Springs man has been ordered to spend nine years behind bars after he stole nearly 50 people’s credit card information to buy over $27,000 worth of firearms, according to United States Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. He’s also been ordered to pay back each of the 49 victims.

Federal Judge John deGravelles sentenced Jaylon Jamare Smullen, 23, of Denham Springs to 108 months in federal prison after his convictions for access device fraud and inducing a false statement in the application of a firearm.

According to admissions made as part of his guilty plea, Smullen came up with a scheme to
fraudulently get guns, AR-15 lower receivers and parts used to build firearms from
federally licensed firearms dealers (“FFLs”) in and out of Louisiana.

Officials say “to execute the scheme, Smullen recruited, induced, procured, aided and abetted straw purchasers, to complete the firearm transfer paperwork, such as ATF Form 4473, in person, in order to obtain the firearms and AR-15 receivers representing that they were the actual purchasers/transferees of the firearms or lower receivers.”

To fund his scheme, he used stolen credit card information from 49 different people, including the 16-
digit credit card numbers, cardholder names, and billing addresses, to order guns, parts, and accessories, from multiple FFLs in and out of Louisiana.

Judge deGravelles also sentenced Smullen to serve three years of supervised release after his 9 years are up. He’s also ordered to pay back a total of $27,836.11 in restitution to 49 victims.

A booking photo was not provided due to Act No. 494, which places restrictions on mugshots released to the media for most offenses with exceptions for certain violent crimes.

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