Fish permit broker pleads guilty to theft

Posted: Sunday, June 02, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fish permit broker in Homer has pleaded guilty to first-degree theft.

Debbie Moore, owner of Northern Enterprises Brokerage, lost $330,000 belonging to 12 commercial fishermen who were selling boats, permits or fishery quota shares, prosecutors said. She lost the money in a Nigerian Internet scam.

Moore said she gave the money to a Nigerian who told her he needed it to smuggle a huge fortune out of the country. In exchange, she expected to get a big piece of the profits.

Bank records showed that Moore did send money out of the country, said assistant district attorney John Wolfe.

Moore, who remains in jail, could receive 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine during sentencing July 29. She has already declared bankruptcy.

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