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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 6, 2021

Loves Park Woman Pleads Guilty to Fraudulently Obtaining More Than $1 Million From Employer

ROCKFORD — A Loves Park woman has pleaded guilty to a federal charge accusing her of fraudulently obtaining more than $1 million from her employer.

TAMMY E. MOORE, 54, pleaded guilty Friday to wire fraud before U.S. District Judge Iain D. Johnston.  Sentencing is set for April 19, 2022, at 1:30 p.m.

The guilty plea 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.

Moore was an office manager for a company in Loves Park that made custom components for a variety of industries.  Moore admitted in a plea agreement that from 2012 to 2020, she fraudulently obtained more than $1 million from the company.  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.     

Moore is required to pay restitution to the company in the amount of $1,115,629.  The wire fraud charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. 

Updated December 6, 2021