She said her crimes happened when she was depressed, was abusing alcohol — sometimes while on duty — and was dealing with the diagnosis of a serious heart condition.
Moore was given a nine-year sentence for her part in the scheme, the Department of Justice said. She had previously agreed to a guilty plea in the case, in which she was charged with taking thousands of dollars.
Moore, along with two other officers, was accused of pocketing money seized during unlawful searches and then falsifying reports about the operations to cover up their actions.
“This police supervisor betrayed her badge and her community,” Carole Rendon, acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, said in a statement. “She profited from the drug trade that has devastated the city she swore to protect. She has earned every day of this prison sentence through her criminal behavior.”
Late last year, Moore pleaded guilty to a handful of charges, including conspiracy, Cleveland.com reported. The other officers involved in the scheme, Antonio Malone and Eric Jones, are expected to be sentenced next week.
Investigators alleged that Moore and the other accused officers used false information to obtain search warrants, according to court documents. They would seize money and property during searches and keep some of it for themselves instead of logging it into evidence records.
Moore reviewed reports that she knew had information that wasn’t correct, an indictment for the case states. She also helped hide the illegal conduct and was involved in bogus searches.
For example, in September 2012, Moore was among the officers who participated in a search at which about $20,000 was seized, according to the documents. She later met the two other officers at a local park, and the group split up some of the cash taken during the operation.
“Torris Moore acted like a cunning criminal rather than an honorable public servant who swore to protect and serve,” Stephen Anthony of the FBI’s Cleveland office said in a statement. “She will now serve time behind bars for her reprehensible, unlawful conduct.”
Moore’s attorney, Nathan Ray, told The Post on Wednesday that his client was a longtime member of the East Cleveland Police Department.
“She was a good officer while she was on the force,” Ray said. “Unfortunately, she’s going to be remembered for the criminal actions that she pled guilty to. But this was not who she was.”
In court Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed Feran said Moore acted out of “greed,” according to Cleveland.com.
“She became the criminal that she was arresting,” Feran said. “There’s no difference.”
In sentencing Moore, U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi noted that “our system of justice only works properly when people in charge … act with integrity,” Cleveland.com reported. “And that did not happen in this case.”
Moore expressed “disbelief” that she wound up in court, on her way to prison.
Her emotional speech before the judge was “heartfelt,” Ray said.
“She’s a good person,” the attorney said. “Unfortunately she got caught up in the East Cleveland police department’s wrongdoing. So, she’s no longer an officer. That was her life, was being an officer.”