A federal grand jury indicted a former employe of the D.C. Department of Employment Services and a former contractor for the department yesterday on multiple fraud charges, alleging that the two used more than $4,000 in city funds to buy electrical fixtures for their own use.
The indictment, returned in U.S. District Court here, charged Dwayne E. Moore, 38, of 309 V St. NE, former chief of the department's support services unit, and Clarence B. Wade Jr., 31, of New York City, a private contractor, with conspiracy and defrauding the District of Columbia.
The grand jury, which reportedly is engaged in a far-reaching investigation of possible fraud in the department, alleged that Moore and Wade purchased the materials using city checks authorized by Crystal J. Willis, the department's former chief fiscal officer.
Willis pleaded guilty last month in U.S. District Court to a second-degree fraud charge in connection with the purchases. Prosecutors allege the total purchases exceeded $6,000.
Willis, who cooperated in the investigation, is awaiting sentencing.
Moore and Wade both face an additional charge of aiding and abetting in connection with first-degree fraud and three counts of aiding and abetting mail fraud. Wade also was named in two counts charging receipt of stolen property.
The indictment said Wade's contracting duties included asking for authorization from Moore to purchase supplies from local businesses for use in providing vocational training to District school students.
On May 15, the grand jury charged, Wade and Moore arranged for delivery of more than $4,000 in electrical fixtures and supplies from Maurice Electrical Supply Co. Inc. The purchases were paid for with six city checks authorized by Willis, according to the indictment.
Wade installed some of the fixtures in June in Willis' New Carrollton home, according to the indictment.
The investigation started in July after Wade was charged with making allegedly improper purchases to furnish an apartment he shared with the sister of Matthew F. Shannon, director of the employment services department.