Trial delayed of man accused in illegal gun scheme with cops

2014-03-18T21:15:00Z 2014-03-18T21:21:13Z Trial delayed of man accused in illegal gun scheme with copsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
March 18, 2014 9:15 pm  • 

HAMMOND | The trial of a Philadelphia man accused of conspiring with two former Lake County deputies to sell illegal guns was delayed until Sept. 15, according to court records. 

Vahan Kelerchian owns a Pennsylvania-based online gun business. According to an indictment, he and two former Lake County deputies used the name of the Lake County Sheriff's Department to acquire about 71 machine guns and 74 laser sights that they would later resell online.

The firearms and equipment are restricted and can be used only by the military and law enforcement. 

According to an order filed in federal court Tuesday, a judge agreed to delay the trial because defense attorneys will need more time to sort through a large amount of evidence expected to be released. 

Former Lake County Sheriff's Department Deputies Joseph R. Kumstar and Ronald D. Slusser are expected to testify at the trial. U.S. District Court Judge James Moody sentenced Kumstar to 57 months and Slusser to 70 months. 

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