A felon is facing federal charges for possessing a machine gun and selling gun parts along with ammunition to an undercover officer out of his Wauconda home, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Gregory Domenico, 35, of the 26800 block of Oak Drive in unincorporated Wauconda, was charged with illegal possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and illegal possession of an unregistered machine gun and three silencers.
Domenico possessed the machine gun, silencers and five rifle cartridges at his residence in December and January, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in federal court.
On December 13, Domenico sold an undercover officer two silencers, then five days later sold him a silencer and auto-sear, which is designed to convert a semi-automatic pistol into a machine gun, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
The undercover officer was sold five rifle cartridges on January 22, the U.S. Attorney’s Office added.
Domenico was previously convicted of a felony and could not lawfully possess a firearm, firearm parts, or ammunition. He has never held a federal firearms license nor has he registered the possession and transfer of any items with the National Firearm Registration and Transfer Record, the criminal complaint said.
The case was investigated by the Lake County Gang Crimes Task Force. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Wauconda Police Department and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted in the case.
“This is a terrific example of collaboration between the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and our federal and local partners. We worked together to arrest a convicted felon selling dangerous illegal high-capacity firearms and parts,” Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg said.
Domenico appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheila Finnegan in Chicago on Friday. He was ordered to remain in federal custody and is scheduled to appear in court again on Wednesday.