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THURSDAY - August 6, 2009

PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR SENTENCED FOR FORGING VETERAN’S

SIGNATURE ON MILITARY RECORDS REQUEST FORM

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here on August 4, 2009, United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced PAUL EDWARD MOODY, SR., 74, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 90 days of house arrest followed by three years of supervised release and a fine of $3,000.00 for making and using a false writing.

The Criminal Information, filed on February 18, 2009, states 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, “In this type of identity theft, not only has the identity of another been stolen, the importance of service made by members of our military that have served valiantly has been diminished.”

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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