Professor gets 50 months in fraud
A 52-year-old assistant professor at Williams College and former aide to U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) was sentenced Thursday to 50 months in prison and ordered to pay $760,000 in restitution for a lifelong series of student loan, bank and Social Security frauds, U.S. Attorney for the District Ronald C. Machen, Jr. announced.
Ernest B. Moore of the District and Williamstown, Mass., pleaded guilty in November 2009 before U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina of the District.
Moore acknowledged that starting in 1985, he used a series of pseudonyms to borrow $301,000 to attend the University of Southern California, earn a master’s degree in public policy in 2004 from Claremont Graduate University in Pomona, Calif., and a doctoral degree in political science from Howard University in 2009. Moore also gained admission to George Washington University.
Starting in 2005, he began working for Davis, rising to senior policy fellow still using an alias. Opening congressional credit union accounts in the names of two people he claimed were married to each other, Moore then ran up $503,000 in purchases on 90 credit card accounts, leaving an unpaid balance of $469,000.
Moore also collected $13,257 in Social Security disability payments in an associate’s name.
Moore, who worked on sentencing policy and legislation to help nonviolent offenders reenter society, was a former Yale Law School researcher working as an assistant professor at Williams at the time of his arrest. His aliases include Ernest Bouvier-Moore and Tracy Glenn Cannady.
— Spencer H. Hsu
Washington Post Editors
| September 24, 2010; 1:48 AM ET
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