Jeffrey Dennis (Jeff) Moore (Jail photo)
HILLSBORO (July 31, 2012)-A week after he was named in five indictments charging theft, Whitney’s former fire chief has turned himself into sheriff’s deputies.
Hill County Sheriff Jeffrey Lyon said Jeffrey Dennis (Jeff) Moore turned himself in on July 25, was booked, posted $37,500 bond and was released.
Cleburne attorney William Mason, appointed to prosecute the charges against Moore, said the grand jury returned the indictments on July 19.
State District Judge Bob McGregor appointed Mason after Hill County District Attorney Dan Dent stepped aside.
Mason said he grand jury reviewed Moore's conduct over the past two-and-a-half years and decided there was ample evidence to take Moore to trial on the charges.
The indictments, obtained Tuesday by News 10, include a charge that Moore issued a false and misleading statement on Nov. 15, 2011 to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in order to obtain a generator for use by the Whitney Volunteer Fire Department valued at more than $20,000 but less than $100,000.
The second count alleges on Jan. 23, 2012, Moore improperly cashed checks valued at more than $1,500 but less than $20,000 meant for the Lake Whitney Medical Center and converted the money to his personal use.
A third indictment says on Jan. 13, 2011, Moore converted funds meant for the City of Whitney from the Texas Forest Service to his own use.
The fourth indictment includes one count that Moore on April 7. 2011, converted the use of a Hobart welder from city use to his own use without the city's permission.
And a second count that Moore stole 700 square feet of tile from the city.
The fifth indictment states Moore filled the position of fire chief without having the proper training, education and certification to do so, thus impersonating a public official.
Mason said no trial date has been set as of yet but it likely would take more than six months to go to trial on the indictments.