Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

'Top Shot' Marksman Admits St. Louis-Based Gun Fraud

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

'Top Shot' Marksman Admits St. Louis-Based Gun Fraud

Article excerpt

ST. LOUIS - A marksman and firearms instructor who has appeared on shooting shows on television pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to a wire fraud charge and admitted defrauding a St. Louis-area gun buyer.

Matt Burkett, 46, of Scottsdale, Ariz., started Predator Tactical LLC in 2010 to make high-end custom firearms. In April 2012, he attended the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis, where he met a St. Louis-area buyer who later became an investor, his plea says.

Burkett admitted as part of his plea that he accepted $50,000 from the buyer. Burkett never delivered any of the guns, his plea says.

The plea also says Burkett will have to repay that buyer and others a total of about $200,000.

Burkett's indictment accused him of using money from buyers for personal purchases from 2012-2017. …

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