Erie Attorney Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Clients
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 24, 2009|
Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, November 24, 2009, that J. Gregory Moore, a resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of mail fraud.
Moore, age 62, pleaded guilty to two counts before Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Jr.
In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold advised the court that Moore engaged in a scheme and artifice to defraud numerous clients out of estate funds entrusted to Attorney Moore.
Judge Cohill scheduled sentencing for March 8, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of forty years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Moore.