Former Med-Chi official accused of embezzlement

March 29, 1995|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Sun Staff Writer

The former assistant controller of the state medical society has been charged with embezzling more than a half-million dollars from the organization over a six-year period.

Phillip H. Moore, 49, of Lansdowne is charged with stealing $552,816.71 from the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland between 1987 and 1993, prosecutors said yesterday. He is to be arraigned April 10 in Baltimore Circuit Court on one count of felony theft.

Mr. Moore is accused of taking the money by writing fraudulent checks on organization accounts, said Gary Honick, a prosecutor in the economic crimes unit of the Baltimore state's attorney's office. He would not give further details on the allegations.

Mr. Moore worked at Med-Chi, a nonprofit association representing about 7,000 licensed physicians in Maryland, from 1974 until October, said organization spokeswoman Ruth Seaby.

In a prepared statement, Med-Chi said it turned over evidence of embezzlement to prosecutors in November. Further investigation by the state's attorney's office led to Mr. Moore's March 17 indictment.

Mr. Moore surrendered Thursday and was released the next day after posting $5,000 bail, according to court records.

The maximum penalty for felony theft is 15 years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

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