Former Director of Detroit Non-Profit Organization Pleads Guilty to Misappropriating Funds
Laurie Moore, 47, of Oak Park, Michigan and the founder and former executive
director of the non-profit domestic violence organization Looking for My Sister, pleaded
guilty today to federal program fraud in connection with her misappropriation of funds
supplied to the organization through federal grants. United States Attorney Barbara L.
McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge John F.
Oleskowicz, from the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General.
Between 2007 and 2011, Looking for My Sister received hundreds of thousands
of dollars from the federal government, including money from the STOP Violence
against Women Formula Grant, the Comprehensive Domestic Violence Grant, and the
Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Grant. The organization used significant
amounts of these funds for their intended purposes. Moore, however, used a portion of
the funds to purchase goods and services for her personal use and the use of her
“"We take it very seriously when someone steals federal funds that were intended to address an important issue like domestic violence," McQuade said. "We hope this prosecution will deter others from stealing federal funds."
Special Agent in Charge Oleskowicz said, “We are committed to protecting Department of Justice programs, and we will vigorously pursue those who fraudulently benefit from federal funds that were intended to help others.”
Moore faces up to ten years' imprisonment for the offense. Judge Denise Page
Hood scheduled Moore's sentencing for April 20, 2012. As part of her plea, Moore has
agreed to pay restitution to the Department of Justice in the amount of $64,514.35. In
addition, she has agreed to pay restitution to the Social Security Administration in the
amount of $18,618.50 for social security benefits she received to which she was not
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Louis P. Gabel.