Local woman sentenced on fraud charges

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 6 at 11:01 PM

(KMOV) -- A St. Louis woman was sentenced to 44 months in prison for claiming to be with law enforcement to persuade victims to pay her money by convincing them that she could assist them with non-existant legal matters.

It was reported that Theresa Moore, 47, had used many aliases to convince a widower that he was a victim of identity theft and was entitled to resititution if he paid money up front in July 2009. During a period of three years, the man made payments to Moore totalling more than $61,000.

Moore also contacted a victim claiming there were warrents out for the victim’s daughter’s arrest and had paid fines on behalf of the victim, but wanted to be reimbursed. Moore had enlisted the help of a friend to pose as a police detective for credibility to her false story. The victim had paid Moore more than $23,000 as a result of the fraud scheme.

Moore pled guilty in September 2013 to four felony counts of wire fraud and is ordered to pay more than $86,000 in restitutions. 

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