BOSTON — A Westford man was sentenced in federal court on Thursday for conspiring to commit bank fraud and possessing an unregistered short-barreled rifle.
Bin Lu, 51, of Westford, plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of possession of an unregistered firearm. He was sentenced to one year of supervised release, according to the Department of Justice.
Lu was arrested in January 2021 along with Daniel Whitman, a former police officer with the Tyngsborough Police Department and owner of Hitman Firearms, LLC in Tyngsborough.
Lu and Whitman founded Freedom Alley Shooting Sports, which would offer shooting clinics and additional services. A Chinese investor contributed several million dollars in exchange for a majority interest in the company.
When applying for the loan, Lu and Whitman hid the investment funding and the investor’s ownership interest from the banks. Both filed false documents in connection to loan applications.
Whitman was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and two years of supervised release on March 22. Whitman was also ordered to pay a $20,000 fine.