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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 29, 2013

New Orleans Man, John Philip Morrill, Charged With Assault Upon A Federal Officer, Access Device And Bank Fraud

JOHN PHILIP MORRILL, JR., age 32, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged in a four-count superseding bill of information filed today for assault upon a federal officer, access device fraud and bank fraud, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

According to the Superseding Bill of Information, on or about September 21, 2012, MORRILL knowingly assaulted Special Agent Brian Rossitto of the United States Secret Service who was engaged in the performance of his official duties.  MORRILL is also charged with two counts of access device fraud, and one count of bank fraud for devising a scheme to defraud the ASI Federal Credit Union. 

If convicted of the assault upon a federal officer count, MORRILL faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 8 years, a fine of $250,000, and a 3 year term of supervised release.  If convicted of both counts of access device fraud, MORRILL faces a maximum term of 10 years imprisonment as to each count, a fine of $250,000 as to each count, and a 3 year term of supervised release following each term of imprisonment.  If convicted of the bank fraud count, MORRILL faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years, a fine of $250,000, and a 3 year term of supervised release, and a special assessment fee of $100 as to each count.

U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente reiterated that the superseding bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Julia K. Evans.

(Download Bill of Information )