MINNEAPOLIS — A department head at the University of Minnesota has been accused of illegally purchasing guns.

Massoud Amin, director of the university’s Technical Leadership Institute, is under felony indictment for a charge of providing fabricated financial documents during his divorce, KSTP-TV reported . The indictment bans him from buying guns.

Records show he purchased a gun six days after the forgery charge.

Investigators say Amin purchased 14 handguns from seven different gun shops in Minneapolis in a two-and-a-half week span this summer. Authorities seized the newly purchased weapons when they executed a search warrant on July 19. They didn’t confiscate handguns that Amin already owned.

Amin is charged with seven misdemeanors for buying the weapons.

Those who purchase a gun must fill out a federal document called a Firearms Transaction Record. One of the questions on the form asks if you’ve been charged with a felony. Court records show that Amin checked “no” on at least one of the forms.

Retailers also run an FBI background check on gun purchasers. That background check will indicate if a buyer has been convicted or charged with a felony.

Amin said the allegations against him are false. Defense attorney Christopher Madel said Amin will prove his innocence in court.

A university spokesman said the school wasn’t aware of the charges against Amin and that he remains an active faculty member.


Information from: KSTP-TV, http://www.kstp.com