Midlands Tech student who researched mass shootings indicted on federal fraud, weapons charges

Midlands Tech student who researched mass shootings indicted on federal fraud, weapons charges
Edward Daniel Kimpton was indicted on seven counts of wire fraud, seven counts of mail fraud, one count of possession of machine guns, and one count of possession of stolen guns. (Source: Barnwell Co. Detention Center)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A Midlands Tech student who was arrested in May on fraud and weapon charges has been formally indicted by a grand jury.

Edward Daniel Kimpton was indicted on seven counts of wire fraud, seven counts of mail fraud, one count of possession of machine guns, and one count of possession of stolen guns.

According to the unsealed indictment, Kimpton, who was listed with 15 different aliases, fraudulently bought more than $29,000 worth of weapons, accessories, and ammunition from individuals and commercial sellers. This happened between June 2018 and March 2020, the indictment says.

Court documents state that once Kimpton had the order, he would file a claim saying he did not get the items and would request a refund but kept most of the property.

During the execution of federal search warrants back in April, Kimpton was found to have approximately 90 firearms, including semi-automatic and tactical firearms, more than 23,000 rounds of ammunition, five bump stocks, firearm scopes, tactical helmets, tactical gear, gas masks and gas mask filters, and body armor.

Agents seized those firearms, ammunition and tactical gear, as well as more than $73,500 from the suspect’s bank account.

Federal officials told WIS that Kimpton also researched mass shootings.

An arraignment in federal court for Kimpton will take place August 6.

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