Virginia Beach Man Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft and Credit Union Fraud
NORFOLK, Va. – Christopher C. Moore, age 29, of Virginia Beach, Va., pleaded guilty today in Norfolk federal court to committing aggravated identity theft and to conspiring to defraud the Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU).
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Moore entered a guilty plea before Senior United States District Judge Robert G. Doumar. Moore faces a maximum penalty of 32 years in prison and fine of $1,250,000 when he is sentenced on May 2, 2011.
According to court documents, Moore and others obtained identity and account information about persons with accounts at NFCU during 2009 and 2010. Moore and his conspirators then impersonated the identity theft victims and applied by telephone and online for loans in the victims’ names. The conspirators falsely represented to NFCU that the identity theft victims would be using the loan proceeds to buy a used car or motorcycle. After NFCU approved the loans and sent out checks made out to the alleged seller of the vehicle and the identity theft victim, Moore and others intercepted the checks, forged the identity theft victims’ signatures to the checks, and recruited third parties to help cash the checks at NFCU. After successfully cashing the checks, Moore and other conspirators gave a small sum of cash to the check cashing recruits and kept most of the proceeds for themselves. As a result, Moore and his conspirators cashed checks totaling more than $165,100. As part of his plea agreement, Moore agreed to forfeit $165,100, his 2002 BMW 745i, $3,800 in cash recovered during the investigation, and assorted other assets seized during a search of Moore’s residence.
This case was investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Secret Service, and the Norfolk and Newport News Police Departments. Assistant United States Attorney Robert Krask is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.