Tuesday, July 18, 2000

Former agency director gets jail term in theft

By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — The former executive director of a Butler County agency for developmentally disabled adults was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for stealing more than $114,000 from the agency.

        Roger Moore's attorney, Frank Schiavone, asked Common Pleas Judge Patricia Oney to spare him from prison.

        But the judge gave Mr. Moore, 53, of Hamilton, the maximum prison sentence. She also ordered him to pay $150,000 in restitution to Miami Valley Industries Inc., which places developmentally disabled adults in jobs. In April, he pleaded no contest to aggravated theft and aggravated theft by deception.

        Judge Oney said she was disturbed that he engaged in a pattern of theft for three years while in a position of trust.

        After the sentencing, a sheriff's deputy placed Mr. Moore in handcuffs and took him to the Butler County Jail.

        Mr. Moore's wife, Diane, sobbed when he was sentenced.

        Assistant Prosecutor Dan Gattermeyer said the sentence was appropriate.

        “It recognized that the

        victims of this crime are the most vulnerable members of society,” he said.

        Miami Valley Industries is under contract with the Butler County Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (MRDD) to provide contract work or employment for 675 adults.

        When Miami Valley Industries lines up jobs for clients of MRDD to perform in MRDD workshops or outside sites, employers pay Miami Valley, and the company pays MRDD clients.

        Between September 1997 and July 1999, Mr. Moore charged $107,000 on his American Express Card and then arranged to have Miami Valley pay $94,000, said Teri Shirk, who replaced him as the agency's executive director.

        Miami Valley officials said Mr. Moore used Miami Valley money to pay for numerous vacations for himself, his family and for friends of his family. This included airline tickets, hotel expenses and meals.

        He also used Miami Valley funds to pay for his daughter's college expenses, season baseball tickets to Minnesota Twins games for his in-laws, out-of-state shopping sprees for himself, his wife and his daughter, personal meals and entertainment, unlimited gasoline charges for his personal vehicle and those of his family, they said.

        Before his sentencing, Mr. Moore apologized in court.

        “What I did was wrong, and I'll be living with that for the rest of my life,” he said.

        Marge Nenche, whose adult daughter is a client of MRDD, urged Judge Oney to give Mr. Moore the harshest possible sentence.

        “He conned and finagled against people who don't have the intellect or abilities to protect themselves,” she said. “He has earned my contempt.”

        Dale Leirman, president of Miami Valley's board of directors, said Mr. Moore's crimes placed the agency in a difficult financial position. But he said the agency has begun to recover.


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