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Burbank man guilty of buying guns for woman who tried to smuggle them into Egypt

Six 9 mm handguns were seized at O'Hare International Airport on Dec. 23, 2013, when a woman allegedly tried to smuggle them ontop a flight to Egypt. | U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois

A south suburban man has been convicted of buying guns for a woman as part of a scheme to smuggle them into Egypt in 2013.

Omran Ismail, 53, bought four 9 mm handguns from a Tinley Park dealer on Nov. 18, 2013, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.

Ola Sayed, 47, of Palos Park, went to the store with Ismail, and he told the dealer that she was his wife, prosecutors said. Ismail bought the guns and filled out a form certifying that he was the actual buyer, and confirmed the statements on those forms when he picked the guns up five days later.

He then gave those guns to Sayed so she could bring them to Egypt, according to prosecutors. Sayed later bought two more 9 mm guns and had all six weapons with her when she went to O’Hare International Airport on Dec. 23, 2013.

The guns were found in Sayed’s checked baggage when she tried to board a flight to Cairo via London, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

A federal jury Wednesday convicted Ismail of one count of conspiracy to knowingly make a false statement to a licensed gun dealer and knowingly smuggle firearms on a common carrier and one count of acquiring a firearm by making a false statement, prosecutors said.

Sayed was also charged in the conspiracy, prosecutors said. She was free on bond when she failed to appear in court in June 2016 and has been considered a fugitive since then.

The maximum punishment for the conspiracy count against Ismail is five years in prison, while the straw purchasing charge is punishable by up to 10 years, the U.S. attorney’s office said. U.S. District Judge Sara L. Ellis set his sentencing hearing for Dec. 3.

A Chicago police officer searches a bag at O’Hare International Airport on April 23, 2013, after a TSA agent discovered guns inside. | U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois
A Chicago police officer searches a bag at O’Hare International Airport on April 23, 2013, after a TSA agent discovered guns inside. | U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois

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