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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 18, 2021

Loves Park Office Manager Charged With Fraudulently Obtaining More Than $1 Million From Employer

ROCKFORD — A Loves Park woman was charged with fraudulently obtaining more than $1 million from her employer, according to a criminal information filed today by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Rockford. 

The information charges TAMMY E. MOORE, 54, with one count of wire fraud.  Moore will be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Rockford on a date to be determined.

The charge was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI.  The Loves Park Police Department assisted in the investigation.  The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott R. Paccagnini.

According to the information, Moore was an office manager for a company in Loves Park that made custom components for a variety of industries.  Between 2012 and 2020, Moore fraudulently obtained more than $1 million from the company.  Specifically, Moore issued company checks to herself and her husband’s business from the company’s account, forged the signature of the company’s owner on checks, deposited the checks into her personal bank account and her husband’s business account for her personal benefit, and then initiated online transfers to move the money.  Moore concealed these transactions by making it appear as though the checks were for legitimate business purposes and by deleting the company’s records of the forged checks.       

Wire fraud carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison.  If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.  

The public is reminded that information is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated November 18, 2021