A plot hatched by a Crest Hill ex-convict and his sister to run guns up from Missouri was thwarted by undercover federal agents, prosecutors said Thursday.
Richard "R.J." Carrino, 28, and his 24-year-old sister, Angela Marie Carrino of O'Fallon, Mo., were indicted on federal charges Wednesday. They allegedly conspired to have Angela Marie Carrino make illegal straw purchases of at least five firearms in Missouri and ship them to R.J. Carrino in Illinois.
The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The siblings gun plot started in November and continued through February, according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The Carrinos "discussed types of guns to obtain and Richard Carrino sent his sister money to make the purchases," the statement said. "She allegedly falsely certified that she was the actual buyer of the firearms and then shipped at least five firearms from Missouri to her brother in Illinois. Richard Carrino, in turn, allegedly sold or transferred three of the firearms to an undercover agent, believing in at least one transaction that the individual was a convicted felon, according to the indictment."
The statement said "three of the firearms—two .45-caliber semi-automatic Hi-Point pistols and a 9-millimeter semi-automatic Hi-Point model C-9 handgun—were obtained by ATF agents during the investigation and the indictment seeks forfeiture of those guns."
R.J. Carrino was released from state prison in June, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records. He served time for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, residential burglary, theft, unlawful possession of a handgun and drug charges.
The Joliet police investigated R.J. Carrino's most recent state case and jailed him in 2009, according to county records.