NH woman pleads guilty to federal gun charges in scheme to export guns and ammo to Thailand
Nutveena Sirirojnananont faces up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1 million for ordering eight guns online that she had delivered to Suds N Soda Sports, a federally licensed firearms dealer in Greenland. After purchasing the guns there, she later sent them individually to go-betweens in California, Florida and New York who shipped them to two men who said they were in Thailand.
From August 2010 through September 2011, Sirirojnananont sold the guns - a Beretta, model Bobcat, .22 caliber pistol; two North American Arms, model Pug, .22 caliber pistols; three North American Arms, model Pug, .22 caliber revolvers; a Smith & Wesson, model 640 .357 caliber revolver; a Glock model G17, 9 mm pistol - to Paisarn Nakam for 15 percent more than the purchase price.
According to court papers, she also admitted to buying and shipping three semi-automatic lower receivers for a 5.56 rifle and ammunition to an individual named Veerawat Pilawan.
Sirirojnananont operated an export business in Portsmouth which shipped beauty supplies and fashion items to Thailand. The business was incorporated under the name Nutveena LLC and she operated a website called cheapshop4you.com and an EBAY business called the PookyWookyShop.
The gun purchases caught the attention of ATF special agent Daniel Futrell in August of 2011 when he was reviewing multiple sales reports and noticed Sirirojnananont had bought multiple firearms from the Greenland gun shop. He learned she bought them from an online dealer who sent them to Suds N Soda for pickup by her.
When she bought them, she was required to complete an ATF form for each purchase, which indicated she bought 11 firearms, including eight handguns and three semi-automatic lower receivers.
Sirirojnananont, when interviewed by Futrell and ATF special agent John Forte, admitted making the purchases and lying on the form because she was buying the guns for Nakam and Pilawan, not for herself. She did it because she wanted to make a profit, she told the agents, even thought she knew it was illegal to export guns and ammunition without a license.
She told investigators Nakam called her in 2010, after finding her number on her website, and asked her to buy the guns and ship them to him. Initially, she refused but later changed her mind after Nakam agreed to use an employee of his as a go-between courier. She agreed to the deal because she wanted to sell the guns and not get caught, she told the agents.
Nakam went online, found the guns he wanted and then emailed the links to her. He then wired the money to her bank in Thailand and she used her Bangkok Bank ATM card to withdraw the money and transfer it into her Citizens Bank account. Once the online purchase was complete, Nakam ordered a metal box with a combination from Amazon.com and mailed it to Sirirojnananont with a new combination.
They used the boxes to prevent the go-between from seeing what was inside, she told the agents.
She also admitted to selling firearms and ammunition to Pilawan, saying she sent 10 shipments of ammunition, three 5.56 mm rifle lower receivers and firearm parts directly to a post office box in Bangkok, Thailand.
She also said she made purchases for Paweena Pechner for a 5 percent fee that included the purchase of ammunition which, in September 2011 when the agents interviewed her, was still in her basement waiting for Pechner to pick it up. Futrell seized the shipment, which consisted of six large boxes containing 21 cases of ammunition and two magazines. He also confiscated two other firearms that were on hold at the Greenland gun shop - one for Sirirojnananont and the other for Pechner.