A Tulsa man on probation for defrauding millions of dollars from banks, businesses, family, and friends is back in federal custody.
60-year-old Michael Chase Morris is in federal custody for violating his probation on bank fraud and three counts of making false statements on real estate loan applications. Also known as Michael Jeffrey Morris, the former Grove man’s current probation violations stem from Morris allegedly opening 22 lines of credit. Morris is accused of making false statements to a bank for the purpose of obtaining a loan, submitting six credit card applications with a reported income totaling more than he reported to his probation officer, and for failure to make restitution payments.
U.S. Attorney Charles McLoughlin, who has prosecuted Morris since 1997, calls Morris a “white-collar sociopath, posing a danger of ongoing financial fraud and an economic danger to the community in the form of obtaining money from the public or banks on false pretenses.”
Morris was sentenced to a six-and-a-half-year prison term in 2016, and ordered to pay more than $1.6 million in restitution. He was released from federal custody in January 2022. A revocation hearing was held on Friday and sentencing is set for March 24th.