Former Church Employee Sentenced in Felony Theft Case

Washington Co. District Attorney's Office

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On March 7, 2019, Judge Oscar Garcia sentenced Scott Edward Moore to 48 months in prison. Moore pleaded guilty to three counts of First-Degree Aggravated Theft in January of 2019 after investigators determined he stole more than $490,000 from his employer, an area church. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney William Stabler.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office first began investigating Moore in March of 2018 after leaders at the Village Baptist Church in Beaverton contacted them to report a possible case of fraud involving church credit cards.

As investigators began looking into the case, the church hired an outside forensics accounting firm to review their finances. They discovered Moore, who served as the church’s Operations Manager for several years before moving to Texas, had used three different church credit cards to make personal purchases totaling $490,452.

Detectives eventually confronted Moore with the allegations and he admitted to the fraudulent purchases. We would like to acknowledge the work of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on this case.

Moore will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.