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Morgantown Native Honored by U.S. Justice Department


Press Statement
Washington, DC
May 13, 2011

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Special Agent Frank Morris with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security was recognized May 13, 2011, by Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, for his outstanding efforts in a document fraud investigation.

The investigation focused on the so-called “Sovereign Nation” organization, which created its own diplomatic identification cards (IDs). Evidence developed by agent Morris led to the arrest of Richard Jaensch, a member of “Sovereign Nation.”

Richard Jaensch was a plumber from Annandale, Va., who produced fake diplomatic credentials, which stated that he was a ADiplomat@ and AHead of State@ of the United States. They were enclosed in a leather credentials holder, and they included an official-looking badge. After Jaensch provided the identification to a Fairfax County Circuit Court judge in a civil proceeding, the court confiscated it and held the defendant in contempt for refusing to provide discovery to the other side. Upon his release from detention, Jaensch immediately ordered a new identification from the same Internet company that had made the first one.

During a video-taped, custodial interview of the defendant by Agent Morris, Jaensch admitted using the fake credentials at several TSA airport checkpoints.

Thanks in large part to the persistence and hard work of agent Morris, the United States was able to present a case in which a jury took only two hours to find Jaensch guilty of producing a false identification document.


Special Agent Frank Morris

Special Agent Frank Morris, 33, is currently serving a in the Office of Mobile Security Deployments. His assignments bring him to “hot spots” around the world. Prior to his current assignment he served in the Washington Field Office.

Morris’ hometown is Morgantown, West Virginia, where he attended Maranatha Christian Academy, class of 1995.

Morris is a 2001 graduate of West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education Teacher Education.

Morris has been an agent with Diplomatic Security for five years. Today’s award is not the first time he has been recognized for his outstanding performance. In 2010 he received a Department of Justice, Eastern District of Virginia, Law Enforcement Public Service Award. In 2007 Morris also received the Basic Special Agent Class Director's Award, which is given to the DS special agent trainee with the highest average scores in shooting, anti-terrorist driving, fitness, and academics.

Morris previously was assigned to the Washington Field Office and during that time served on the National Capitol Region Task Force. He is currently serving in the Office of Mobile Security Deployments (MSD). MSD is one of the U.S. Government civilian tactical security units capable of short-notice deployment to critical threat areas worldwide. MSD members are trained and equipped to conduct a variety of law enforcement and security missions in support of U.S. foreign policy objectives.

Morris’ parents are Frank and Linda Morris of Morgantown, West Virginia. He is married.

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the U.S. Department of State’s law enforcement and security arm. The special agents, engineers, and security professionals of the Bureau are responsible for the security of 285 U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel investigate passport and visa fraud, conduct personnel security investigations, and protect the Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States. Additional information about the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security may be obtained at www.state.gov/m/ds.

Press Contact:  James Finkle, 571-345-2504, finklejj@state.gov



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