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Politico on Moore

Politico on Professor Bernard Moore.

A senior policy fellow for Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) has pleaded guilty to defrauding the government and private lenders of nearly $822,000 by using aliases to obtain student loans and more than 90 credit cards.

Ernest B. Moore, who went by Bernard Moore and Bernard Glenn-Moore on Capitol Hill, had a penchant for putting together events with marquee names — and a special legislative interest in sentencing issues and measures like the “Second Chance Act,” which is designed to help nonviolent offenders reabsorb into society.

“Who knew that he was writing that bill for himself?” quipped a former congressional aide who knows Moore.

Politico does not have a picture of Moore. Does anyone? Send a copy to eph at ephblog.com.

His bio at Williams, where he was an assistant professor of political science, reads: “Moore is an academic researcher with an executive role in an important congressional office in Washington D.C. He is currently Senior Policy Advisor to Representative Danny K. Davis (7th District, Illinois), and he serves as the Congressman’s Representative to the Committee on Ways and Means. Among his responsibilities, Bernard Moore is the Congressman’s ‘pen,’ writing legislation, policy reports, floor statements, talking points, and letters to other members of Congress. He has built ties with individual members and coalitions with such organizations as the Democratic leadership, the Democratic Caucus, and the Congressional Black Caucus.”

The language is in tune with Moore’s sense of his place in the world, according to the source who knows him.

“He was very boastful about who he was,” the source said. “He was quiet, kind of awkward socially. When he did talk, though, it would be about all the great things he had done or would do.”

His bio is so poorly written that it appears to be a spoof of incompetent academics, just like his dissertation abstract.

Moore has spent his life focusing on a continuing self-educational approach that includes expanding awareness and understanding of the political spectrum by immersion into practical political affairs while simultaneously developing inquiry-based critical thinking skills designed to approach the research topics that most interest him, namely, legislative affairs, public law, racial disparities in federal sentencing, and Black Politics. He believes that communication, relationship building, and mentoring communication are key motivators for students in their quest for knowledge in academia.

The person who wrote those sentences is not smart enough to teach Williams students. Back to Politico:

Holder’s Justice Department has secured Moore’s guilty plea. And he faces up to 41 months in one of Lappin’s facilities if he receives a maximum sentence, according to a Justice Department press release. The losses to the government and private entities totaled at least $821,977.97, DOJ estimated.

And between 2003 and 2009, the court documents say, Moore obtained more than 90 credit cards and had outstanding balances of nearly $470,000 on them at the time of his plea.

Where is the money? Was Moore a big spender in Williamstown? I haven’t seen any discussion of restitution.

Note that the fraud continued while he was teaching at Williams.

Like Nigaleian, Mary Jane Hitler and Willy E. N-word, this scandal needs a name. And a graphic! Suggestions?

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#1 Comment By ephling On November 12, 2009 @ 1:20 am

Moore is less.

#2 Comment By Invisible Mom On November 12, 2009 @ 1:43 am

Professor Con?

David, maybe your winter session students can figure out what happened to the money.

#3 Comment By jeffz On November 12, 2009 @ 6:28 am

I can’t imagine he wouldn’t be ordered to pay restitution, (and if he still has any identifiable proceeds from fraud, that would be subject to criminal forfeiture). Should be easy to get more information on the case, as all public filings will be available to anyone with a PACER account.

#4 Comment By PareskyLawnBowler On November 12, 2009 @ 6:37 am


#5 Comment By batman On November 12, 2009 @ 7:19 am

Catch Moore If You Can

#6 Comment By jeffz On November 12, 2009 @ 7:30 am

Batman nailed it.

#7 Comment By Aidan On November 12, 2009 @ 10:39 am

In his next act, he’ll author the “Third Chance Act,” right?

#8 Comment By JeffZ On November 12, 2009 @ 11:37 am

This almost wrote itself:

And here’s to you, Mr. Bernard Moore
Williams loved you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
Falk bless you please, Mr. Bernard Moore
Williams held a place for those who stray
(Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey)

We failed to know a little bit about you for our files
Forgot to help us learn about yourself
Look around you, hardly any sympathetic eyes
Please depart the grounds and head back home

And here’s to you, Mr. Bernard Moore
Williams loved you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
Falk bless you please, Mr. Bernard Moore
Williams held a place for those who stray
(Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey)

Hide it in a hiding place where no one ever goes
Put it in your bank with your false gains
It’s a little secret, just a faculty affair
Most of all, you’ve got to hide it from the kids

And here’s to you, Mr. Bernard Moore
Williams loved you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
Falk bless you please, Mr. Bernard Moore
Williams held a place for those who stray
(Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey)

Sitting in the Congress on a Sunday afternoon
Going to the candidates debate
Laugh about it, shout about it
When you’ve got to choose
Ev’ry way you look at it, you lose

Where have you gone, James McGregor Burns
A college turns it’s lonely eyes to you (Woo, woo, woo)
What’s that you say, Mr. Bernard Moore
McGregor Burns has left and gone away
(Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey)

#9 Comment By Whitney Wilson ’90 On November 12, 2009 @ 11:58 am

Brilliant Jeff!

#10 Comment By oh five On November 13, 2009 @ 3:35 pm

How about Bernie Moore-doff?