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Fishing permit broker sentenced in scam

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Homer fishing permit broker has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing $335,000 from commercial fishing clients.

Debbie Moore, 41, was accused of losing the money in a Nigerian investment scam. Moore, who owns Northern Enterprises Brokerage, pleaded no contest to one count of first-degree theft after her arrest in January.

In a hearing Tuesday, Moore also was sentenced to 10 years of probation. During that time, she is supposed to pay back some of the money to her 15 victims, who had expected her to buy and sell boats, permits and fishing quota shares.

According to Alaska State Troopers, Moore sent most of the money overseas. Moore had fallen for an increasingly common con game, in which Americans are promised a huge reward if they send money abroad to help smuggle a fortune out of Nigeria or some other African nation, said Assistant district attorney John Wolfe.

With time already served since her arrest, Moore is expected to be eligible to apply for parole in a few months.



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