September 18, 2017
Utah Man Pleads Guilty and Enters Pretrial Diversion Program
On September 18, 2017, Tyson Preece pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, District of Utah, to one count of making false statements and entered a pretrial diversion program for a period of 12 to 24 months. He admitted to mislabeling a shipment of firearms and other hazardous materials in September 2014 to circumvent shipping requirements.
Upon successful completion of the pretrial diversion, Preece will be permitted to withdraw his plea, and the Government will dismiss the criminal charge against him. If he fails to adhere to the requirements of the pretrial diversion, Preece will be sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 0 to 6 months, in accordance with sentencing guidelines.
DOT-OIG investigated this matter with Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.