Definition of straw buyer in English:

straw buyer

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A person who buys something on behalf of someone else in order to circumvent legal restrictions or enable fraud: straw buyers purchased weapons and passed them on to cartels and criminals
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  • The indictment says that a bank employee, who is not named, provided a document for submission to a lender that falsely stated a straw buyer had a certain amount of money on deposit at the bank.
  • In that operation, federal agents monitored straw buyers who bought about 2,000 guns, but did not intervene to arrest them or seize the weapons because they were trying to identify higher-ups in the network.
  • In the investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed suspected low-level straw buyers for the gun trafficking network to purchase and transport guns.

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