Former Florida Department of Transportation Employee Indicted
Orlando, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the indictment of Tina Moore a/k/a Tina Pollard (55, Daytona Beach). Moore has been charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of bribery, one count of mail fraud, and two counts of money laundering. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. Moore self-surrendered to authorities yesterday and was released on bond.
According to the indictment, Moore was a Right of Way Agent with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and was responsible for assisting people and businesses displaced by FDOT projects. One of Moore’s assigned projects involved the acquisition of properties for the purpose of widening Interstate 4. MLA Furniture, located on Garland Avenue in Orlando, was one of the businesses displaced by that project. It is alleged that Moore used her position to solicit and obtain bribes and rewards from the owners of MLA Furniture in return for providing assistance to the company to remain at the Garland Avenue location. The indictment further alleges that Moore knowingly submitted to the FDOT fraudulent claims for relocation expenses for MLA Furniture. In total, Moore received $30,000 in bribes, consisting of $20,000 in checks and $10,000 in cash.
On November 8, 2011, Jonathan Aubrey Jenkins, one of the owners of MLA Furniture, was charged by Information with conspiracy. Jenkins pled guilty on March 29, 2012, and is scheduled for sentencing on July 10, 2012. Jenkins faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the United States Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General, and the Florida Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.