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husband, wife sentenced for fraud in 'Sovereign citizen' case

June 20, 2011

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

Roderick Moore, 35, and Amber Catrece Moore, 37, both of Kansas City, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple. Roderick Moore was sentenced to 13 months in federal prison without parole. Amber Moore was sentenced to three years of probation.

On Jan. 11, 2011, 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 their plea agreements, both Roderick and Amber Moore were required to 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.

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

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