Ex-Boston cop convicted of ‘straw’ gun purchases

BOSTON (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a former Boston police officer of using his professional credentials to illegally buy two handguns for civilian acquaintances.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 38-year-old Adarbaad Karani was found guilty on Monday of two counts of making a false statement during the purchase of firearms and two counts of making a false statement in a record.

Federal prosecutors said Karani acted as a “straw purchaser” for two Glock pistols in 2015, in each case showing a police identification card and stating the guns were for official use.

State law bars civilians from purchasing those particular Glock models.

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Karani’s lawyer had argued the purchases were legal.

Karani faces up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 on each count. He’ll be sentenced in December.

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