OFFICIAL CORRUPTION: Taneytown Police Chief William Tyler Pleads Guilty in Machine Gun Self-Dealing
Baltimore, Maryland – William E. Tyler, 55, of Fairfield, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty today to the illegal transfer and possession of a machine gun. Tyler is the former Chief of Police in Taneytown, Maryland.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur.
According to his guilty plea, in 2017 Tyler transferred two machine guns owned by and registered to the Taneytown Police Department to himself and another officer, for their personal use. Tyler did not attempt to report the transfer of the machine guns to the ATF’s National Firearms Act (NFA) Division, which is responsible for maintaining registration and transfer information about all NFA weapons in accordance with federal law.
On January 15, 2019, law enforcement executed search warrants at the residences of Tyler and the officer and recovered the machine guns. Tyler was interviewed by the FBI and ATF and was warned that it is a crime to make a materially false statement or representation to federal agents. Despite the warning, Tyler lied when he told agents that he had never fired the .223-caliber machine gun and did not know it was automatic, when in fact he had fired the weapon.
Tyler lied when he told agents that he had never fired the .223-caliber machine gun and did not know it was automatic, when in fact he had fired the weapon.
As a result of his guilty plea, Chief Tyler must forfeit assets obtained as a result of, or used to facilitate the commission of his illegal activities, including the two .223-caliber machine guns.
Tyler faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander has scheduled sentencing for June 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.