In San Antonio, William Badberg, 44-year-old owner of Bullit Proof Arms in Schertz, TX, stands charged with a fraudulent scheme involving the sale of firearms on the internet, announced U.S. Attorney Gregg N. Sofer; Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden, San Antonio; and, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski, Houston Division.
A federal grand jury indictment unsealed today charges the Cibolo, TX, resident with twelve counts of wire fraud. According to the indictment, since January 2019, Badberg engaged in a scheme to defraud in which he advertised firearms for sale on the internet, including on a website he controlled, BullitProofArms.com. The indictment alleges that Badberg failed to deliver the firearms to the buyers despite receiving payment for the advertised firearms.
HSI agents arrested Badberg yesterday at his residence without incident. Upon conviction, wire fraud carries a maximum possible term of 20 years in federal prison.
HSI, ATF, and the Schertz Police Department are conducting this ongoing investigation with support and assistance from the Texas Attorney General’s Office.
It is important to note that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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