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husband, wife plead guilty to fraud,
must cease 'Sovereign citizen' filings

January 11, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., husband and wife pleaded guilty in federal court today to mail fraud and conspiracy related to the husband’s bankruptcy proceedings.

Roderick Moore, 35, and Amber Catrece Moore, 36, both of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to the charges contained in an Aug. 20, 2010, superseding indictment. Roderick Moore pleaded guilty to mail fraud and Amber Moore pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Roderick Moore admitted that he created a false and fictitious “Registered Bonded Promissory Note,” which he intended to be used as an actual financial instrument. The fictitious bonded note purportedly drew funds from a bogus trust account that Roderick Moore claimed was assigned to him by the U.S. Treasury when he was born. His intent in creating the note was to satisfy approximately $220,000 in debts listed on his bankruptcy schedules. Roderick Moore mailed the note to the U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee’s office on July 17, 2009.

Amber Moore admitted that between Feb. 18 and March 24, 2010, she used the Internet to file false liens in the state of Washington against the U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Western District of Missouri and others. She was aware of a high probability that the liens were false, and deliberately avoiding learning the truth.

Under the terms of today’s plea agreements, both Roderick and Amber Moore must immediately release all liens filed against the U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Western District of Missouri, or any other employee or agent of the government or entity associated with this case. They are also prohibited from filing any false liens, false 1099's, false tax returns or other Uniform Commercial Code documents related to sovereign citizens, the redemption theory or any similar movement.

Under federal statutes, Roderick Moore is subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. Amber Moore is subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. Sentencing hearings will be scheduled after the completion of presentence investigations by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane Pansing Brown and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Trey Alford. It was investigated by the office of the United States U.S. Trustee’s Office and the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.



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