man from the Assumption parish accused of bank fraud | USAO-EDLA
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that RODNEY ROUSSELL (“ROUSSEL”), 40, of Belle Rose, Louisiana, was charged on January 7, 2022 by a Bill of Information for Bank Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1344(2).
The case against ROUSEL began as a result of a complaint filed by a local company (“Company A”) with the FBI. According to the Bill of Information, 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.
If he is found guilty, ROUSEL faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,000,000, a period of probation of up to five years and a special assessment fee of $100.
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.
US Attorney Evans said a Bill of Information is just an indictment and the accused’s guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
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.