Lombard nurse sentenced to 5 years for sending guns to Philippines

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A west suburban nurse who admitted illegally shipping more than two dozen firearms to the Philippines has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.

Edwin N. Makasiar II pleaded guilty in December to attempting to export defense articles without a license, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Makasiar, a 44-year-old registered nurse who lives in Lombard, was sentenced to 60 months in prison during a hearing Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Sara Ellis, a statement from federal prosecutors said.

In his plea agreement, Makasiar admitted that he exported at least 32 handguns, rifles and other firearms to the Philippines between 2005 and 2012, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

He also admitting filing a false report with Lombard police after he learned two of the weapons would be inspected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, authorities said. He said in the report the weapons had been stolen from him before they were shipped.

“Defendant’s conduct implicates the foreign policy and national security interests of the United States and threatens the safety of the Philippines by contributing to the proliferation of the small arms trade,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Fayhee said in a government sentencing memorandum.

“The illegal trafficking of firearms from the United States to the Philippines is a significant law enforcement problem,” Fayhee said.

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