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Texas Woman Claimed Bingo Cash Paid for Assault Rifles

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    A South Texas woman who says she used bingo winnings to buy five assault rifles has been convicted of lying on the purchase records.

    Yadira Garcia of Alamo faces up to 30 years in federal prison during sentencing later this year in Brownsville.

    Jurors on Tuesday convicted the 35-year-old Garcia of six counts of making false statements on firearms records.

    Prosecutors say Garcia last August bought five assault rifles over six days from dealers in Harlingen and McAllen and paid more than $5,000. Investigators did not immediately say the source of the cash that Garcia said was from bingo.

    Garcia told investigators that she was the buyer, lived in Pharr and relatives and friends kept the guns for her.

    One of the rifles days later turned up in Reynosa, Mexico.