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Former community services district manager now accused of stealing $622,000

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
2/21/2014

 

Leanna May Moore is now accused of stealing more than a half-million dollars from the Indian Valley Community Services District.

Last week, the Plumas County district attorney filed a motion to amend the original complaint against the former IVCSD general manager.

The new complaint alleges Moore stole $622,000 while she was in charge of the district between 2006 and 2012. In the original complaint, filed in November 2013, Moore was charged with stealing $381,841.

The DA’s office filed a motion Feb. 7 to increase the amount after receiving updated results of an ongoing audit of the district’s finances.

District Attorney David Hollister said the investigation is continuing. He said “there is a potential for admissible evidence to be uncovered, causing the alleged loss to grow in amount.”

Moore, 41, of Winnemucca, Nev., is scheduled to appear in Plumas County Superior Court on Friday, Feb. 28. She is free on $100,000 bail.

Moore surrendered to the Plumas County sheriff on Nov. 21, 2013, two days after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

According to a four-count criminal complaint, Moore is accused of forgery and embezzlement during her tenure as the district’s general manager.

She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Moore’s attorney, Jeff Cunan, said in November that his client “has never been in trouble in her life.”

“The IVCSD has been in disarray for a very long time, since well before Leanna worked there …” Cunan said. “If Leanna has made mistakes, she will rectify them.”

According to the complaint, Moore used a variety of methods to funnel money to herself. She is accused of adding herself to the payroll, writing checks to herself while forging the names of district board members, and making unauthorized purchases with a district debit card.

Current and former IVCSD board members said they have been advised to not comment because they are considered witnesses in the investigation.

The board members interviewed by the district attorney’s office said they had no idea the alleged embezzlement was occurring.

During the district’s Jan. 8 and Feb. 12 board of directors meetings in Greenville, several Indian Valley residents asked the board members to resign. None of the directors have offered to step down.


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