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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Duane A. Evans, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Monday, June 12, 2023

New Orleans Man Charged in Superseding Indictment With Federal Gun Offense

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – MAURICE FLORANT, age 34, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged on June 9, 2023, in a one-count superseding indictment for a violation of the Federal Gun Control Act, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

FLORANT is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1). The superseding indictment alleges that FLORANT possessed two separate firearms, a Palmetto State Armory PA-15 .556 caliber pistol, and a CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 9milli-meter pistol.

FLORANT faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years, up to a $250,000 fine, up to three years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office, and the New Orleans Police Department . Assistant United States Attorney Mark A. Miller of the Violent Crime Unit is assigned the prosecution.

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