Last month Breitbart News reported Mexican beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gomez was killed in a shootout between drug cartels and soldiers. ATF Agent George Gillet purchased one of the guns found at the scene.
Agent Gillett was one of the agents found at fault for Operation Fast and Furious by the Department of Justice’s inspector general. In Fast and Furious the ATF allowed over 2,000 guns to walk into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. These guns have been linked to the deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and over 300 Mexican citizens. Hundreds are still missing.
The inspector general is trying to determine how Agent Gillett’s personal weapon wound up at the crime scene. He told CBS News he sold it to someone over the internet. The weapon is an FN Herstal pistol and is preferred by the Mexican drug cartels. Agent Gillett insists he did not do anything wrong. He will not name the person who bought it and claims he asked the purchaser.
However, in a letter to the inspector general, Senator Charles Grassley included three Form 4473’s because Agent Gillett lied on the forms. Lying on these forms is a felony. Instead of providing his address Agent Gillett listed the ATF Phoenix office and a shopping mall.
“Specifically, documentation appears to indicate that during Operation Fast and Furious, Mr. Gillett made multiple firearm purchases at a Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL) in Phoenix,” wrote Senator Grassley. “According to the forms, Mr. Gillett appears to have purchased weapons on December 15, 2009, 2 January 5, 2010, 3 and January 7, 2010. Documents show the residence listed on the Firearms Transaction Record (Form 4473) for two of the gun purchases was the local Phoenix ATF office. For the third purchase, Gillett listed a commercial shopping center in Phoenix as his residence. Clearly, the addresses on the forms do not accurately and truthfully reflect Gillett’s actual residence in Phoenix.”
Senator Grassley asked the inspector general for an update as soon as possible.