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Dyersburg woman gets 13 years in prison, ordered to pay $1.7M for embezzlement

Saturday, February 9, 2013

IRVINE, Calif. -- In a plea agreement, Dyersburg resident Rebecca Rhea Moore was sentenced to 13 years and 4 months in a California prison on Thursday, Feb. 7, after she was arrested last October for embezzling $1.7 million from her California employer Miller Contracting Company over an eight-year period. According to a press release statement from the Orange County District Attorney's Office, Moore, 39, plead guilty to 47 counts:

* Two felony counts of grand theft by embezzlement

* Eight felony counts of computer access fraud and falsifying records

* Twenty-nine felony counts of forgery with sentencing enhancement allegations for loss over $1.3 million and aggravated white-collar crime over $500,000. Moore will also be required to pay over $1.7 million in restitution to the victim, Dan Miller, and $117,578 to the California Franchise Tax Board.

As previously reported by the State Gazette in November, Moore was investigated by the Irvine Police Department between October 2011 and October 2012 after Dan Miller, owner of Miller Contracting Company, discovered that Moore, who was employed as his bookkeeper, had been paying for her personal expenses from his business account. The IPD investigation found that Moore began stealing from Miller almost immediately after she was hired in 2003, paying off her personal credit card and mortgage accounts as well as furnishing a new residence in San Clemente, Calif. and timeshare properties in Las Vegas, Nev. and Maui.

In a written statement to the State Gazette, Dan Miller's wife Jennifer Miller explained how she had an opportunity to face Moore at her sentencing hearing on Thursday and tell the judge how much Moore had affected her husband's business and her family. Jennifer Miller's statements of the devastating impact the crimes have had on their family-owned business and the employees affected by Moore resulted in Moore being given the maximum penalty under the plea agreement. Jennifer Miller says Deputy District Attorney Chuck Lawhorn told her that her testimony made all the difference and gave her a pat on the back.

"We are so glad to have this behind us, time to move on to our bright future with her not in it!" said Miller in her statement.

Miller says that although the criminal matter is at rest, the civil suit will continue for some time because Moore included their civil suit against her as part of her bankruptcy petition filed in 2012. Miller says she is disappointed that the Internal Revenue Service will not be prosecuting Moore's husband because of a loophole that does not permit prosecution until at least $2 million is stolen.

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Do these people really think they can get away taking that much money? Can you say stupid?

-- Posted by Dude2010 on Sat, Feb 9, 2013, at 10:40 PM

for another time, i'm glad the state gazette did not show the mug shot!

-- Posted by closerlook on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 8:52 AM

39 + 13 = 52, So when she's 52 as a convicted felon she can find a job and pay them a million + back? I see that happening lol

-- Posted by convince.me on Tue, Feb 12, 2013, at 8:01 PM

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