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Eastern District of Missouri

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Union, Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Impersonating a Federal Agent

St. Louis, MO – Timothy Rossell, aka Timothy Rosselli, aka Austyn Gardner, aka Austyn Labella, of Union, Missouri, pled guilty to charges of impersonating a federal agent.


According to court documents, between January and October 2016, Rossell carried on romantic relationships with two women, one residing in Florida, the other in the Union, Missouri, area. Rossell represented himself to be a Deputy United States Marshal to both women. Both women lent him money, supported him emotionally and financially and applied for credit to purchase luxury sports cars, including a white Lamborghini for him.


On October 10, 2016, Rossell’s Missouri girlfriend discovered some suspicious paperwork and counterfeit United States Marshal service equipment, identification, badges and apparel. Rossell quickly left their shared residence and went to Illinois. His sports car became disabled in the vicinity of Effingham, Illinois, and he obtained a tow for his car and a ride to the local bus depot, while continuing to pose as a Deputy United States Marshal. He was arrested at the bus depot.


Rossell pled guilty to one felony count of impersonating an officer before United States District Judge Rodney W. Sippel. Sentencing has been set for April 27, 2017.


He now faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.


This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service, with assistance from the Union (MO) Police Department and the Effingham (IL) Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Tom Albus is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Updated February 1, 2017