An Oregon grand jury has indicted the president of the Federal Way School Board on seven counts of felony theft, alleging he stole more than $150,000 worth of truck tires from a Portland-based tire store last year.
William Anthony “Tony” Moore Jr., 49, a onetime Republican hopeful for Washington’s House of Representatives, faces a maximum 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine on each felony theft count if convicted.
Moore did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday.
“We were recently made aware of the situation involving Tony Moore,” district Superintendent Rob Neu said in a statement released Tuesday. “We’ve been informed that the allegations do not involve Tony’s responsibilities as a board member in the Federal Way School District. We have no further information regarding this situation at this time.”
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The grand jury handed down its indictment Aug. 23, records show. King County deputies arrested Moore on Sept. 17 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, shortly before he was to board a flight to Europe as part of a Federal Way Public Schools trip to visit schools abroad.
Moore, who has since surrendered his passport while awaiting formal arraignment, posted $50,000 bond and was released from the King County Jail on Sept. 20, records show.
Authorities allege Moore, who owns a used-tire brokerage in Federal Way, worked with Tracy E. Holmquist, an employee of GCR Tire Centers in Portland, as part of a scheme to steal more than $150,000 of semitruck tires between March and October 2012.
Moore had frequently visited the Portland tire store to salvage used tires for his own business, Multnomah County sheriff’s Detective Ken Yohe said Tuesday.
“Tire stores will pile up their used tires with no value, and let people like Mr. Moore come in and look through the piles to see if there are any tires that can be salvaged for a retread,” Yohe said. “It was under that (arrangement) that Mr. Moore met Mr. Holmquist, and he was able to arrange for Mr. Holmquist to look the other way while he stole the newer tires over a period of seven or eight months,” the detective said.
Holmquist already has been convicted of seven counts of aggravated theft and is serving 19 months in prison, Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Dennis Shen said Tuesday.
Moore, a married father of two who is an active youth volunteer and basketball coach, is also pastor of a Federal Way church, according to his online biography on the Federal Way Public Schools website.
Moore was appointed to the School Board in May 2008 and won as an unopposed candidate in 2011. His current term expires in 2015.
He unsuccessfully ran for the state House last year, finishing third among five primary-election candidates vying to represent the 30th Legislative District.
At the time of his arrest, Moore was set to travel to Europe with other School Board members as part of the district’s “Global Initiative Project.”
District officials have said the initiative, which sent Moore and other school officials to China and Australia in recent months at taxpayer expense, is meant to help launch an international exchange program, the Federal Way Mirror reported earlier this month.
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