Reporting from the Williams Record on this matter (will be updated later today).

UPDATE @ 10:16 AM – Quote from Jim Kolesar:
“The person Williams has known all along as Bernard Moore is suspended from the college until we can understand the situation more fully.”

This is very unwelcome news so close to next Monday’s event, which Professor Moore organized, but I feel more details would be helpful after Brian Shepard ’11 broke the news on WSO. I will be updating with additional information throughout the day. As the Record has real journalistic standards, please look to it for the most reliable information and the best reporting.

D.C. man admits to $800,000 in fraud – The Washington Post
An assistant professor at Williams College and visiting researcher at Yale University admitted in the District’s federal court this week that he defrauded banks, the federal government and credit card companies out of $800,000 in the past decade. […]

I have verified that Moore is a visiting scholar at Yale from his Africana Studies Bio. The information in the extended post shows that “Ernest Bernard Moore” also plead guilty to credit card fraud in 1987, and spent much of the 90’s doing appeals of that conviction. I have not definativily established that the person in the legal briefs below and the Williams professor are the same person; however all evidence points in that direction.

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee,
Ernest Bernard MOORE, Defendant-Appellant.

Decided July 3, 1989.

On January 23, 1987, Moore pleaded guilty to two counts of fraudulently using credit cards, in violation of 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1029(a)(2). The district court sentenced Moore to eight years in custody and five years of probation. The court also ordered Moore to pay restitution in the amount of $62,864.82 as directed by the Probation Department. The final judgment was entered May 12, 1987.

Ernest Bernard MOORE, Petitioner-Appellant,
Fred STOCK, Warden, Respondent-Appellee.

Decided July 3, 1991.

Here, the USPC added 24-32 months to Moore’s parole guideline range because it found that Moore had committed fraud by purchasing a car under an assumed name after he escaped from prison. This finding was based on information contained in the presentence report, which included Moore’s statements to a probation officer. The USPC rejected Moore’s claim that the documents he submitted regarding the repossession of the car established that he had purchased it in his own name.

United States of America, Plaintiff-appellee,
Ernest Bernard Moore, Defendant-appellant

Nov. 19, 1996

Ernest Bernard Moore appeals the district court’s order revoking his probation and sentencing him to an eight-year term of imprisonment for fraudulent credit card use. In this direct appeal, Moore seeks to set aside the guilty plea that led to his probation and suspended sentence. He argues that the district court violated Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11 by failing to inform him correctly regarding the maximum punishment he faced by pleading guilty. […] …we dismiss this appeal.

ERNEST BERNARD MOORE, Petitioner-Appellant,
JANET RENO, Attorney General.

Filed August 5, 1999

Appellant Ernest Moore filed a petition for a writ of habeas
corpus under S 2241 after having filed five unsuccessful
S 2255 motions. In his fifth S 2255 motion, Moore contended
that the district court violated Fed. R. Crim. P. 11 by failing
to inform him of the maximum penalty for his crimes. The
Motion was subject to the Antiterrorism and Effective Death
Penalty Act (AEDPA).

There are other appeals throughout the 90s. Legal analysis/commentary would be appreciated.

Other information.

From Moore’s Bio on the “New Faculty” page:
Worked as a senior policy advisor for several years experience in legislative affairs, I am recognized as an authority on Congress as well the federal judiciary and related complex reentry (ex-offenders) issues. As both Fellow/Policy Advisor to Congressman Danny K. Davis and members of the Congressional Black Caucus on related criminal justice and ex-offenders issues. Have been engaged daily in the inner-workings of the legislative process working Rep. James Clyburn, Majority Whip, Rep. Danny K. Davis, and several other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, I spearheaded, wrote, and progressed the Second Chance Act of 2007 through the U.S. Senate and the recent signing into law by the President. I gained 92 bipartisan co-sponsors of H.R. 1593 and 265 votes in the House as a result of my creative ability that refocused discussion on prison reentry issues to concerns for public safety.

I want to drive home the fact that Moore has brought incredible events to Williams – and that there is no evidence that Williams had a clue about these prior fraud convictions. I can find no references to “Ernest B. Moore” since 2000, which might indicate the use of “Bernard Moore” as his alias. The “Second Chance Act” was a significant achievement – a picture of Bush signing Moore’s bill into law is here.

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