Gun store owner sentenced for conspiracy to defraud Glock employees

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OLATHE (WIBW) -- An Olathe man has been sentenced to federal prison for paying bribes to gun company employees.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says that 42-year-old John Sullivan Ralph III has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

Ralph pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud Glock firearms employees.

In his plea, Ralph admits to paying bribes and kickbacks to employees for preferential treatment. Ralph owned Global Guns and Hunting, Inc. in Olathe.

From 2003 to 2009, Ralph paid 140 bribes and kickbacks to co-defendants totaling about $900,000.

Co-defendants include Lisa Delaine Dutton, Welcome D. Wood Jr, James Craig Dutton and Paula Ann Wood. Lisa Sutton was sentenced to a year and a day behind bars. The other defendants are scheduled to be sentenced in November.