JOHN PHILIP MORRILL, JR. PLEADS GUILTY TO ASSAULT UPON A FEDERAL OFFICER, ACCESS DEVICE FRAUD AND BANK FRAUD
JOHN PHILIP MORRILL, JR., age 32, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, pled guilty in federal court today before U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle to one count of assault upon a federal officer, two counts of access device fraud and one count of bank fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.
According to court documents, on or about September 21, 2012, MORRILL assaulted a special agent of the United States Secret Service who, in the performance of his official duty, was trying to apprehend MORRILL. MORRILL also fraudulently obtained goods/services valued at approximately $29,853.16 by using unauthorized credit cards, and by using a PayPal account in association with a fictitious business he claimed to own. MORRILL also defrauded the ASI Federal Credit Union of approximately $2,300, in the form of a personal loan, by using fictitious pay stubs.
MORRILL faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 8 years for the assault upon a federal officer count, and a fine of $250,000. MORRILL also faces a maximum term of 10 years imprisonment, and a fine of $250,000 as to each count of access device fraud. Additionally, MORRILL faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years for the bank fraud count, and a fine of $250,000, a 3 year term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment, and a special assessment fee of $100 as to each count. Sentencing is set for August 7, 2013.
The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, Louisiana State Police and prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Julia K. Evans.
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