FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - March 24, 2009
PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR PLEADS GUILTY TO FORGING VETERAN’S
SIGNATURE ON MILITARY RECORDS REQUEST FORM
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here yesterday PAUL EDWARD MOODY, SR., 74, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, pled guilty to making and using a false writing, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1001 and 2, which carries a maximum penalty of up to five years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine followed by three years of supervised release.
The Information, filed on February 18, 2009, alleges that on February 12, 2005, MOODY, knowingly and willfully forged the name of a military veteran on a Military Record Retrieval Authorization form in order to obtain private and official United States military records of that serviceman held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri. MOODY also provided a social security number and branch of service on the records request form. The NPRC does not release military records without a signed release form from the veteran or next of kin if the veteran is deceased. MOODY was requesting these documents for a client seeking information about the particular veteran.
Mr. Holding commented, “This is another form of identity theft, and one that decreases the importance of those that have served our country with gallantry and dedication. We will continue to seek justice in these types of cases.”
Paul Brachfeld, NARA’s Inspector General, stated, “The successful prosecution of fraudulent requests for military personnel files is critical to the security of our veterans and their records. I compliment U.S. Attorney Holding and his office for demonstrating that this type of identity theft will not be tolerated at the National Archives.”
MOODY’s sentencing is set for July 6, 2009.
Investigation of the case was conducted by NARA’s Office of Inspector General and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Assistant United States Attorney Eric Evenson served as prosecutor for the government.
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