Thursday, April 13, 2000

Ex-official convicted of theft from agency

BY Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Roger Moore, former executive director of an agency that helps find jobs for mentally disabled adults, on Wednesday was found guilty of bilking the organization of more than $114,000.

        Mr. Moore, who had headed Miami Valley Industries Inc., pleaded no contest to charges of aggravated theft and theft by deception.

        Butler County Common Pleas Judge Patricia Oney found Mr. Moore guilty and scheduled sentencing for July 17. He faces up to five years on each count.

        Dale Lierman, president of MVI, said Mr. Moore charged personal expenses — including airline tickets, clothing and meals — to his credit card, then sought reimbursement from the agency over three years.

        “In the years involved, Moore had over 300 opportunities to stop the theft, but instead took each and every one of those opportunities to continue his own lifestyle by using funds of consumers with disabilities,” Mr. Lierman said.

        He noted that Mr. Moore approved the spending in his former position as executive director. He was fired in September after a routine audit showed his expense reimbursements exceeded the amounts in work-related receipts he had submitted.

        “MVI is making and will continue to make every effort to recover all monies stolen by Moore,” Mr. Lierman said.

        MVI assists clients of the county Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

        Board spokeswoman Pam Long pointed out that the thefts hurt mentally disabled people, a group that often suffers injustices — and doesn't always have a voice to speak out against those injustices.

        She said MVI and her board would continue to work to do everything possible to expand opportunities for those with developmental disabilities and mental retardation.


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