Everyone Faces The Danger Of Informants

It is customary for people to expect confidentiality to be maintained when they discuss personal, private matters with their attorney, accountant, medical doctor, priest, or their own spouse.

Though it is not regulated by law, professional licensing, or industry, people also naively expect confidentiality to be kept by bank tellers, coin dealers, art dealers, gun dealers, safe installers, vault installers, safe-room building contractors, and emergency shelter dealers and installers.

How would you like it, if a bank teller told their friends about a very large cash deposit or withdrawal you had recently made?  Or if a coin dealer told people about the large amount of gold coins that they had sold to you over the years?  Or if a gun dealer told people about each of the firearms that they had sold to you?  Not only might you not like other people knowing your personal business, this information that you didn’t want shared could put you at risk for robbery or burglary.

To take this breach of confidentiality to an even worse level, how would you like it, if you paid a seller and installer of emergency shelters $250,000 to install a large underground shelter on your property, so that you could store all of your emergency survival supplies and all of your firearms, and even before the installation was begun, they informed on you to the Federal Government which led to your arrest, three years in prison, and confiscation of all of your firearms?  This is exactly what happened to Steve Pruitt of Texas in 2013.

Steve Pruitt was the owner of a surveying company in Midland, Texas, an area where there was an oil boom.  Roughly sixty years old, Steve had had a successful career, raised a family, and had pursued hobbies such as drag boat racing, long distance shooting, tactical shooting, and firearm customization.  In west Texas, Steve had leased seven sections of land from a long time friend, in order to spend his free time outdoors shooting and experimenting with firearm modification and customization.

For those of you who don’t know, a “section” of land is one mile wide by one mile long, equal to about 700 acres.  If you leased or owned seven sections of land, if you walked from one property corner diagonally to the opposite property corner without stopping, it would take you about two hours.

Steve wanted to have an underground emergency shelter installed on the land he had leased, in order to safely and securely store his emergency supplies, firearms, and ammunition.  He found what looked to be the most widely known underground shelter company and he contacted them about doing an installation for him.  This company handled both the sale and installation of pre-fabricated underground shelters.

The owner of the underground shelter company wanted to come and meet Steve on his property in west Texas.  When the owner of the shelter company arrived to meet Steve, he took an interest in Steve’s firearms that he was working on, and some of Steve’s other possessions.  By the end of the day, the owner of the underground shelter company had asked to purchase about $25,000 worth of Steve’s possessions that he was interested in, which included some of Steve’s firearms.

What Steve did not know at the time, was that the owner of the underground shelter company had committed at least six felonies for such things as assault and theft of over $20,000 per charge.  He had also been involved in about twenty-five lawsuits.  However, the underground shelter company owner had never served any time in prison, probably because he was an informant.

Immediately after purchasing the firearms from Steve, which he was not allowed to purchase because of his felonies, the underground shelter company owner contacted the FBI to inform on Steve.  Though Steve had five licensed silencers for five of his firearms, he had made a couple more himself for the long range rifles that he practiced with.  One of the firearms that Steve sold to the underground shelter company owner was a semi-automatic rifle that had been modified to fire full auto.

Though Steve had never been arrested for anything in his life, because he unknowingly and unintentionally did business with a long-time felon with many charges for assault and theft, who wasn’t in prison because he was an informant, Steve was informed on and he spent nearly three years in prison, and had to spend $1 million in attorney’s fees to keep from being sentenced to thirty years in prison.

Here is the video which I start at the twenty minute mark, where Steve tells his story to someone who is not a professional interviewer or journalist:

Often times, ordinary people can get the impression that Law Enforcement and the FBI’s use of informants, allows very, very criminal people to go around committing crimes again and again without punishment, and sends mostly law abiding people to prison.  The public would be much better off if the informant was kept in prison where they belong, and the mostly law abiding people were left alone.  Where is the common sense or ethics of Law Enforcement and the FBI?

Perhaps the biggest take-away from all of this, something to think about, if you have ever tried to put your money into gold, silver, art, or firearms to protect your wealth and own something of value, or have a safe, vault, or bunker installed, did the individuals that you were dealing with go and report you to the Federal Government, Law Enforcement, or thieves?

5 thoughts on “Everyone Faces The Danger Of Informants

  1. This guy went to jail because he violated Federal firearms laws. lf someone chooses to violate the law because they don’t agree with it, they should be more discreet and if not, be prepared to suffer the consequences if they are caught. He has no one to blame but himself for his own poor judgement.

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    1. Bill Bligh,

      When you get to be older in age, have had a successful professional career, been successful in a competitive hobby, raised a family, have financial security, never been in any kind of legal trouble or criminal trouble, you might not believe or have any reason to believe that there is anyone out there who is going to try to ruin your life, take everything away from your, entrap you in some scheme to send you to prison for thirty years.

      Enter some not very intelligent, not very successful, over-their-head in personal debt ATF and FBI agents, combined with a criminal informant who has been charged multiple times with financial and violent crimes, and there you have the group that will conspire to try to take everything away from a law-abiding, never been in trouble, successful citizen, out of hate, envy, jealousy, sick perversity, lack of morals, lack of decency, and lack of ethics.

      During the founding of the United States, when villages first had elected officials and constables, the purpose of government was to keep the peace and maintain order. The Constitution of the U.S. was meant to try to ensure liberty, freedom, and rights of citizens. In the U.S., it was never intended that the elected officials and peace officers would try to trick and entrap citizens in order to take away all of their property, rights, and freedom, it is supposed to be the exact opposite of this.

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      1. Well if we can just ignore laws we don’t agree with then why not be ok with fucking 7 year olds? That’s how dumb your “moral superiority” argument sounds. Morality is subjective and if we just ignore and follow laws base on that, there will definitely be outcomes you don’t like. If you don’t like laws then vote people out who make them and vote people in who will remove them. Be active in politics and get out and protest against things you don’t like and advocate for things you want. You sound like a typical boomer. You talk about standing up for yourself and protecting what you want but all do is sit in a recliner watching fox news saying “lol dumbocrats r stupid, awe shit where’d muh rights go”. Have been for the past century. Then you have the nerve to blame it on “millennials”.

        Lets be honest here though, the dude was obviously trying to make some cash off controlled items and got caught. Doesn’t matter if he was snitched on or not, it’s his fault for putting it out there. He should have not sold it and kept his damn mouth shut, but he got greedy.

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      2. Zeig,
        Did you even watch the interview with Steve Pruitt? He was about 60 years old and a millionaire. From your comments, I don’t think that you watched the interview about what happened to Steve Pruitt, which was the subject of this blog post. He was paying a contractor a hundred thousand dollars to install a fallout shelter on 1,000 acres where he practiced shooting. I explained that it would take a person two hours to walk across 1,000 acres, there was no one in danger of Steve Pruitt shooting his firearms on private land.

        It was the contractor who requested to meet with Steve Pruitt at his property, then requested to purchase one of his firearms, then reported Steve Pruitt to the FBI. Steve Pruitt was not trying to make cash by selling any of his firearms, he was asked to sell one his firearms by the contractor who was installing his fallout shelter, with the intention of informing on him.

        You have a strange way of looking at things. Firearms are not illegal. Shooting firearms on private land is not illegal. What a person does on his own property with his own firearms is not the business of government to interfere with. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

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  2. I’m sorry this crap happens to ppl that really love family..
    The fella that interviewed you suckes
    Could you do this story without all the belittling comments from this guy selling bunkers…

    You never broke the law of our constitution..
    Uninfringed..
    I’m hurt that a Texas jury would convict you..
    It should never be..

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