- Category : Criminal
- Type : MS
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Maya 4
Nicholas Louis Bissell, Jr. (January 14, 1947 – November 27, 1996) was a Somerset County, New Jersey prosecutor who fled to Laughlin, Nevada and took his own life after being charged with embezzlement, tax fraud and abuse of power.
He was the son of Nicholas L. Bissell, Sr. (1919-2002). On May 10, 1990 James Giuffre was arrested on charges of selling $700 worth of cocaine. Bissell said he would drop the charges if Giuffre forfeited two plots of land to the prosecutor's office. Giuffre agreed, and he turned over the two lots, valued at $174,000. They were sold at auction below their value to acquaintances of someone in Bissell's prosecution office. Giuffre then contacted the Internal Revenue Service and the FBI. Bissell was arrested, but released under the condition that he wear an electronic bracelet. He cut it off on November 18, 1996 and he fled to Nevada. He was tracked by his cell phone. He fatally shot himself after a 10-minute standoff in his hotel room, while members of the United States Marshals Service tried to lure him out of his room.
Bissell grew up in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey and was a resident of Somerville, New Jersey.