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Friday, December 16, 2022
Grand Jury Calls For Fraud, Possession Charges Against Adair Police Chief
A federal grand jury is recommending multiple charges against the Adair police chief for illegally possessing machine guns.
Court documents say 46-year-old Bradley Wendt exploited his position to acquire 13 machine guns for his Denison-based gun store BW Outfitters. Radio Iowa reports he used false statements to the ATF that the machine guns were being demonstrated for future potential purchase by the Adair Police Department. He also obtained 10 machine guns for Williams Contracting which is operated by his friend, Robert Williams with false documentation indicating the Adair department might purchase them. Wendt and Williams are also accused of hosting public machine gun shoots where they charged people money to shoot machine guns registered to their gun stores and the Adair Police Department as they intended to stockpile machine guns to later sell for their personal profit. Both are charged with conspiracy to make false statements and defraud the ATF. Wendt is charged with 18 counts of making a false statement to the ATF and one count of illegally possessing a machine gun. Williams is charged with three counts of making a false statement and aiding and abetting a false statement to the ATF.
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