Crime & Courts

Lakemoor man charged with falsifying FOID application, possessing 15 firearms

A Lakemoor man is facing felony charges for falsifying a Firearm Owner’s Identification card application and possessing 15 firearms, some of which were near the play area of his children, according to a news release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

After receiving information that a convicted felon falsified documents to obtain a FOID card, the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force, in coordination with Lakemoor police, conducted an immediate investigation, the release said.

Grayson D. Ludovicus, formerly Daniel Borke, 42, of the 28100 block of West Niagara Street in Lakemoor, legally changed his name in 2015. Under his new identity, Ludovicus, applied for a FOID card and answered “no” when asked if he had been convicted of a felony, thus lying on his application, according to the release.

On Friday, task force detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Ludovicus for one count of false firearm owner’s identification card application.

Grayson’s wife, Kristen Ludovicus, 36, told officers that he wasn’t home, but the Lake County Sheriff’s Warrants Team, in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, forced entry into the home and found the couple inside.

Police recovered five firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition inside the home. Some of the unsecured firearms were near the couple’s 1-year-old and 6-year-old’s play area, according to the release.

Ten more firearms, which Grayson Ludovicus moved to a relative’s home in Ingleside, also were recovered.

Grayson Ludovicus is being charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, obstructing justice and endangering the life of a child. The most serious charge, possession of a firearm by a felon, is a Class 3 felony punishable by two to five years in prison.

Kristen Ludovicus is being charged with obstructing justice for trying to conceal Grayson Ludovicus in the home and endangering the life of a child. The obstructing justice charge is a Class 4 felony punishable by one to three years in prison.

Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Covelli said the new procedures the sheriff’s office is implementing to respond to individuals with revoked FOID cards played a partial role in the arrest.

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