US citizen faces federal charge for allegedly listing wrong home address

McALLEN — A local man who told authorities he was living between Reynosa, Mission and Houston for the last six years faces federal charges for allegedly submitting a federal firearms form with “false” information.

“Whoever knowingly makes any false statement or representation with respect to the information required to be kept in the records of a federal firearms licensee … is in violation of Title 18,” the complaint against the man stated.

Miguel Angel Amaya remained detained pending a second detention hearing set for Tuesday.

That hearing will be held to establish whether or not Amaya should be released on bond pending future court hearings, court notes show.

Federal prosecutors allege the 23-year-old man purchased five firearms between October 2017 and August of this year, and listed an Edinburg address as his residence, court records show.

“A query of Amaya uncovered addresses in the Houston and Pharr areas associated with Amaya,” the record states. “Agents made attempts at locating Amaya at Edinburg, Houston, and Pharr addresses to no avail.”

On Oct. 28, Amaya, who attempted to enter the U.S. at the Anzalduas International Bridge, was approached by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

During an interview with CBP officers, Amaya said he had been living in Reynosa, Mexico, in an undisclosed address in Mission, and two addresses in Houston, for the last six years, the complaint stated.

“Amaya admitted to moving back and forth from Reynosa, Mexico, to Mission, to Houston, TX, when he purchased the five firearms,” the complaint stated. “Amaya stated he lived in Edinburg address around 2012-2013.”

Amaya added he had not lived at the Edinburg address when he made the firearms purchases.

Making a false statement on the ATF Form 4473 is a felony, records show.

“As a result, on or about Oct. 19, 2017, Amaya knowingly made a false statement on ATF Form 4473, when he indicated his residence as the Edinburg residence when in fact he did not reside at the residence at the time he certified that the information on the ATF Form 4473 was true and correct,” the complaint stated.

Amaya, represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Joe. G. Jacinto, is set to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter E. Ormsby Tuesday afternoon, court notes show.