Australian authorities notified Hayes of their findings and formally requested his assistance July 8.
That led Hayes to contact a federal postal inspector that day, which resulted in the discovery that "John Smith" had shipped three packages from Bowling Green on June 13, two of them shipped international express and one shipped global priority, according to the complaint.
Hayes asked the post office to place a hold on the next package shipped by John Smith, and on July 13, the downtown post office received two additional international packages from "John Smith," intended for shipping.
Hayes interviewed the clerk who had accepted the packages, and she told the agent that one was destined for Australia and the other intended for the United Kingdom, another country with tight gun control regulations. The clerk went on to describe the shipper as a white male, about 30 years old, with a shaved head and several tattoos on both arms.
"The clerk stated she had assisted the individual with past mailings and he had previously told her that he shipped broken Xbox's, Nintendo's and DVD players," the complaint said. "He also stated he worked on computers."
Adam Bunger and his brother, Brad, founded ArtsyQR, a business that creates QR codes for retailers looking to promote their business to smartphone users. The business was profiled in a Dec. 26Daily News story.
Reached by phone Wednesday, Brad Bunger said he had talked to his brother about the investigation, but did say that Adam Bunger had not been apprehended. Brad Bunger declined to comment further.
The express mail packages were seized July 18. The parcel destined for Australia contained various firearm parts for an assault rifle, all concealed within a DVD player, while the package destined for the U.K. contained an "Uzi-style pistol, having an obliterated serial number, with a suspected flash suppressor," all disassembled and contained inside a hollow Xbox console, according to the complaint.
On July 12, Hayes was provided with a listing of an American Express credit card used on several postal transactions, including the June 13 shipment to Australia that police there had examined. Ten days later, the post office confirmed that Bunger had used an American Express card to pay for two changes of address, which led the ATF to identify Bunger as the suspect in the firearm shipments.
On July 25, Hayes learned that Bunger had bought a Masterpiece Arms mini Uzi 9 mm pistol from a licensed firearms dealer July 2, according to the criminal complaint.
Four days after that discovery, the postal clerk who handled the shipment of the two packages from July 13 identified Bunger from a photo lineup as the person who attempted to ship the packages, the complaint stated.
A postal supervisor contacted Hayes on Aug. 8 to inform him that a clerk at the Scottsville Road post office had received an international package to be shipped express mail parcel to Sweden.
The package identified the shipper as "Jarvis Smith," with an Oakland address, according to the complaint.
"The post office clerk stated she recognized the individual as being the same white male who had mailed the two international packages from the downtown post office on July 13," Hayes' complaint stated.
The package intended for Sweden contained a disassembled .22-caliber pistol with an obliterated serial number and magazine, concealed inside a metal computer switching power supply box, according to the complaint.
A postal clerk, different from the clerk who handled the July 13 shipment, was shown a photo lineup Aug. 14 and identified Bunger as the person who attempted to ship the package to Sweden.
The Warren County Regional Jail website does not list Bunger as a current inmate and online federal court records this morning listed a criminal complaint, a sealed document in the case and another document assigning the case to a judge, but no indictment.
-- Justin Story covers court news. Follow him on Twitter on twitter.com/jstorydailynews or visit bgdailynews.com.
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