Regional
2:44 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

Las Cruces Embezzlement Case A Family Affair

Las Cruces – Las Cruces Police have arrested four members of the same family after it was discovered that the husband conspired to bilk hundreds of thousands of dollars from two general contractors, and then helped his wife and two adult children create falsified documents to illegally obtain home loans.

Judd Moore and his wife Rose Moore, both 45, and their adult children Leanna Moore, 20, and 18-year-old Jeffrey Moore were arrested Tuesday, July 13, on warrants and face multiple charges related to incidents that date back to 2007.

Judd Moore, of 4414 Nambe Arc, is charged with 56 counts of forgery - 36 for amounts less than $2,500, 16 counts between $2,500 and $20,000 and one count over $20,000. Judd Moore also faces two counts of embezzlement over $20,000 and three counts of conspiracy.

Rose Moore is charged with five counts of forgery and one count of conspiracy for presenting falsified documents for the purchase of a home.

Judd and Rose Moore are being held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $100,000 each.

Leanna and Jeffrey Moore each are charged with 10 counts of forgery and one count of conspiracy for falsifying documentation for the purchase of a home. They are being held on $15,000 bonds.

Las Cruces Police detectives learned that Judd Moore was employed as an accountant, or bookkeeper, for Mesa View Homes from 2007 until January 2010 when the company found out that Moore was using company funds to pay family member's utility bills. Shortly after Judd Moore's termination, Mesa View officials discovered more than $200,000 of embezzlement, credit card fraud, forgery and other types of fraud committed by Judd Moore.

Detectives also discovered that Judd Moore forged or embezzled more than $40,000 from another general contractor who had entrusted Moore with keeping his books.

Detectives learned that, over the past three years, the Moores took advantage of some of the embezzled funds and lived well beyond their financial means.

Judd Moore used checks and credit cards belonging to Mesa View for thousands of dollars of purchases in and around Las Cruces. The Moores also used the funds for elaborate vacations and frequently staying at posh hotels in Florida, Washington, D.C., and in Denver, Colo.