Former Williamsburg Police Chief and Gun Dealer Gets Probation

By Erin Jordan, Reporter

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa - A federal judge has sentenced a former Williamsburg police chief and gun dealer to one year of probation for structuring cash deposits to conceal gun sales.

Michael Gabriel, who retired from the Williamsburg Police Department in 2007 and formerly operated Gabe's Gun Shop in Williamsburg, pleaded guilty in July to one count of structuring monetary transactions to evade reporting requirements.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Linda Reade sentenced Gabriel Wednesday to one year of probation and ordered him to pay a $20,000 fine. Gabriel will also forfeit $374,950.

From April 27, 2009, to Aug. 17, 2010, Gabriel attempted to conceal proceeds from his gun business by splitting single-day cash depositions of more than $10,000 into smaller deposits to avoid the reporting requirement, court documents state.

The Internal Revenue Service seized money from Gabriel's business and home in April 2011.

According to the Gabe's Gun Shop website, Cody and Nick Gabriel now operate the business.

Michael Gabriel joined the Williamsburg Police Department in 1975 and became chief a year later.
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