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|Former NC Rep. Rodney Moore indicted on campaign finances|
|Democrat allegedly lied over campaign finances|
|Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019 11:04 am|
Former state Rep. Rodney Moore has been indicted on felony charges related to campaign finance violations.
Moore, a Charlotte Democrat, was indicted by a Mecklenburg County grand jury on Monday on nine felony charges in connection with filing false campaign finance disclosure reports from 2011-15. According to the indictments, Moore lied under oath that false campaign finance reports were true, a violation of state law. Each count is a Class I felony.
The grand jury also indicted Moore’s treasurer, Tammy Neal, on a single count of common law obstruction of justice, which is also a felony. According to the indictment, Neal, while serving as treasurer for Moore’s election committee, submitted fraudulent documents purporting to be bank records to the State Board of Elections.
“We are grateful to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office for its work on this case, as we are to all prosecutors who take election matters seriously,” said state elections board executive director Kim Westbrook Strach. “Agency audits of campaign disclosures detect those who try to use their campaign accounts as personal piggy banks. We hope these prosecutions highlight the importance of accurate campaign finance disclosure. Voters have a right to know how candidates are raising and spending campaign cash.”
SBOE launched an investigation in 2017 after an audit of Moore’s reports revealed irregularities in his campaign’s reporting of contributions and expenditures. The board subpoenaed the committee’s bank records after Moore refused to give them up voluntarily.
In an October meeting, the former State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement voted 9-0 to refer the cases against Moore and Neal to Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather for further investigation.
The State Board’s investigation revealed Moore’s committee failed to disclose more than $141,000 in receipts and expenditures between 2010 and 2017 and more than $25,000 in cash withdrawals and cash back from purchases. The committee also submitted altered bank records in response to questions from SBOE auditors.
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