JAY – A former Fairland police chief accused of passing counterfeit money while in uniform was charged Friday with trying to pawn two guns which belonged to two Ottawa County police departments.
William (Billy) Ray Moore, 31, of Chelsea is charged in Delaware County District Court in Jay with two counts of false declaration of ownership in pawn.
A warrant was issued for Moore’s arrest.
Moore is accused of pawning a Beretta .40-caliber pistol and a Glock .40-caliber pistol at a Grove pawn show. The pawned guns were issued to Moore while he was employed as a part-time police officer at Commerce and as the Fairland Police Chief.
According to the arrest affidavit, Moore pawned the two guns on October 11 and then repawned the Berretta pistol for $125 on October 31.
The Glock handgun was purchased through a grant for the Commerce Police Department. When Moore took a position with the Fairland Police Department he failed to return the equipment issued by the town, including the gun, according to the affidavit.
This is not Moore’s first run-in with the law. According to a Vinita police report Moore was videotaped buying a pre-paid Visa card with four counterfeit $100 bills on Oct. 17 while wearing his Fairland Chief of Police uniform.
The seized bills were turn over to the U.S. Secret Service, which has jurisdiction over investigations involving counterfeit money.
The counterfeit money is believed to part of a case involving a Fairland woman who was charged with forgery and second-degree counterfeiting.
Those counterfeit bills were kept at the Fairland police department.
The charges against the woman was dismissed and turned over to the U.S. attorney’s office in Tulsa for possible federal prosecution.
Sheila Stogsdill can be reached at (918) 787-9581 by email at firstname.lastname@example.org