A man from the parish of L’Assomption pleads guilty to bank fraud | USAO-EDLA
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that RODNEY ROUSSELL (“ROUSSEL”)40, of Belle Rose, Louisiana, pleaded guilty today to bank fraud, violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 1344(2).
According to documents filed in federal court, the case against ROUSEL began as a result of a complaint filed by a local company (“Company A”) with the FBI. According to the newsletter, in August 2017, ROUSEL began working for Company A. Company A maintained its operational headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana. Company A had a business account with JPMorgan Chase Bank (“Chase Bank”). Company A’s salary payments to ROUSEL were made electronically and drawn on the account of company A.
As an employee of Company A, ROUSEL did not have access to Company A’s Chase Bank account and was not authorized to make payments of any kind using funds in the account. From or around April 2018 and until or around June 2018, ROUSEL used Chase Bank’s web portal and mobile banking app to transfer money from Company A’s account to pay the balance of by ROUSEL personal bank card. In total, ROUSEL obtained $213,372.05 from Company A’s Chase Bank account.
ROUSEL faces a maximum sentence of thirty (30) years imprisonment, followed by a maximum of five (5) years of supervised release, a fine of up to $1,000,000.00 or the greater of two times the defendant’s gross gain or double the gross loss for any person under Title 18, United States Code, Section 3571, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee. Sentencing in this case is scheduled for June 14, 2022, before U.S. District Judge Greg G. Guidry.
The United States Attorney’s Office also wishes to thank the Federal Bureau of Investigation for its assistance in this case. The prosecution of this case is being led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba, head of the Financial Crimes Unit, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Paige O’Hale.
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