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Defendant Used Identity to Avoid Registering as a Sex Offender

May 28, 2010

Calling the defendant “a huge danger to the community,” U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton sentenced MAXIE MOORE, 54, most recently of Kirkland, Washington, to four years in prison and three years of supervised release for Aggravated Identity Theft, Unlawful Production of an Identification Document and Social Security Number Fraud. MOORE was arrested outside his Kirkland residence on September 4, 2008, by the Pacific Northwest Fugitive Task Force. MOORE was using the name and identity information of an inmate who had been housed with him in the federal prison system. MOORE had failed to show up at a Tacoma half-way house where he was supposed to complete his sentence, instead absconding in April 2008. By adopting the other identity MOORE avoided registering as a sex offender.

As part of today’s sentencing hearing, Judge Leighton ordered MOORE to register as a sex offender saying MOORE “is a sociopath, he is a hebephile, he is a person who cannot do right by others.”

According to records filed in the case, MOORE has a lengthy and complex criminal history. In November 1999, he was sentenced by the late U.S. District Judge Jack Tanner to 71 months in custody for a scheme where he used his deceased son’s social security number to obtain benefits and open bank accounts. In that case MOORE absconded from pretrial supervision and failed to show up for sentencing, resulting in a more lengthy prison term. In addition to the fraud scheme, MOORE was also arrested three times for alleged sexual abuse of minor females. MOORE pleaded guilty to Misdemeanor Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor, and based on that, Judge Tanner ordered MOORE to have no unsupervised contact with minors and to undergo sex offender treatment. After his release from prison in 2006, MOORE was taken back into custody twice for violating the terms of his supervised release. In September 2007, he was returned to prison for seven months for having unsupervised contact with a minor female. It was during this return to prison at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center that MOORE first came into contact with the inmate whose identity he later appropriated.

When agents of the fugitive task force caught up with MOORE in 2008, they learned he had been living with a woman and her young daughter. Further investigation revealed that he had had a series of relationships with women who had young daughters. MOORE had sought out these women on internet sites such as Craigslist.

In asking the court to impose a sentence above the guidelines range, Assistant United States Attorney Norman Barbosa wrote, “Moore is before this Court following a series of supervised release violations and new criminal conduct that demonstrate his complete inability to rehabilitate and become a law abiding member of society. Throughout his short periods of release, Mr. Moore committed numerous new law violations, harassed witness and others around him, and demonstrated an extremely concerning pattern of pursuing women with adolescent daughters in direct violation of his conditions of supervision that prohibited him from unsupervised contact with minors.”

The case was investigated by the Pacific Northwest Fugitive Task Force with leadership from the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General (SSA-OIG) and the U.S. Probation Office.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Norman Barbosa.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@USDOJ.Gov.

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