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FISCAL YEAR: 2013
1. PRINCIPAL DEFENDANT: Alexander Donavan Morrissette
M.D.  Georgia  3:12-CR-37-002-CAR
2. DEFENDANT: Randall Scott Wimpey
M.D.  Georgia  3:12-CR-37-002-CAR
The defendants destroyed industrial-sized air conditioning units to steal copper and aluminum parts to sell for scrap metal. The investigation revealed that ten-10 ton units, one-3 ton unit and one-1 1/2 ton unit were stolen. Morrissette received in excess of $24,000 for recycled aluminum and copper from the stolen units. During the crime, the defendants would have had to cut the lines in the unit, releasing the freon from the unit, in order to complete the theft of the copper and aluminum.

Their crimes not only caused property damage to a business and a church, it resulted in harm to the environment by releasing ozone-depleting refrigerant into the atmosphere.



September 12, 2012
Morrissette was indicted on 3 counts of violating the CAA.

Wimpey was charged with 1 count.

November 27, 2012
Morrissette pled guilty to 2 counts of violating the CAA.

Wimpey pled guilty to 1 count.

February 20, 2013
Wimpey was sentenced to 15 months incarceration.

April 17, 2013
Morrissette was sentenced to 78 months incarceration and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $178,847 to the victims of his crimes.


Press Release Department of Justice

April 17, 2013

Air Conditioner Thief Sentenced To Six-And-A-Half Years In Federal Prison For Damaging Environment

Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Alexander Morrissette, age 27, of Monroe, Georgia was sentenced today in Macon, Georgia, by the Honorable C. Ashley Royal, Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. Morrissette had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of knowingly releasing ozone-depleting substances into the environment. Chief Judge Royal sentenced Morrissette to 78 months in federal prison. There is no parole in the federal system and the term of imprisonment is to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. Morrissette was ordered to make restitution of $178,846.81, the amount of money needed to repair several commercial air conditioners illegally harvested for scrap metal. Randall Scott Wimpey, a Co-Defendant, age 31, of Snellville, Georgia, was previously sentenced to 15 months in federal prison by Chief Judge Royal on February 20, 2013, in Athens, Georgia. "These defendants destroyed several industrial-sized air conditioning units to steal copper and aluminum parts to sell for scrap metal," said United States Attorney Michael Moore. "Their crimes not only caused property damage to a business and a church, it resulted in harm to the environment by releasing ozone-depleting refrigerant into the atmosphere, harming all of us." "All life on earth depends on a healthy ozone layer in the stratosphere. If that layer is depleted, the sun's ultraviolet radiation can cause skin cancer, cataracts and suppression of the immune system," said Maureen O'Mara, Special Agent in Charge of EPA's criminal enforcement program in Georgia. "Through the illegal selling of air conditioner parts, the defendants violated the Clean Air Act, whose primary purpose is to protect human health. This case is another good example of EPA's continuing efforts with state and local partners to investigate and prosecute illegal activity that places public safety in jeopardy." The case was investigated by the Special Agents of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Monroe Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Danial E. Bennett.

May 6, 2013
The defendant filed a motion to appeal along with a motion to reconsider the sentence.

STATUTE:
  • Clean Air Act (CAA)

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