Home About Archives RSS Feed

Prof's Fraud Past Cancels Caucus

Tammy Daniels

Williams College abruptly canceled a return visit by the Congressional Black Caucus on Friday, just days after discovering its organizer was in hot water in Washington.

Visiting political science professor Bernard Moore turns out to be Ernest B. Moore, whose trail of fraud goes back nearly a quarter century.  He admitted Tuesday in federal court of taking more than $800,000 over the past five years in credit card and student aid fraud. Moore had 90 (!) fake credit cards.

The Williams Record did a terrific job of digging into Moore's past here. Moore, who came across as a personable sort when  we talked to him last year, apparently has real academic degrees - just under fake names.

Moore's been teaching in the political science and African Studies programs for two years and was instrumental in bringing the Congressional Black Caucus to Williams last year. The roundtable discussion packed Chapin Hall; Gov. Deval Patrick was there as well.

In an e-mail sent early Friday afternoon, the college's public affairs office said:

"The symposium with members of the Congressional Black Caucus scheduled for Monday, Nov. 16, has had to be postponed.  The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the College will reschedule a similar event on campus in the near future."

Moore's been suspended indefinitely (his bio is still posted here) and faces up to 41 months in prison when he's sentenced in February.

Update 11/14/2009: A reader sends us this link from the Office of the Inspector General, Department of Education, which seems to indicate Moore never actually earned a bachelor's degree.

Update 11/16/2009: The Ephblog has also been digging into Moore's past and the current situation at Williams, where posters say his names been removed from his office door but that the rules in the faculty handbook say he may still be getting paid under the current suspension.

One poster on the Ephblog also says pictures of Moore are scarce as hen's teeth. We've posted a portrait shot and here's one of him with Jim Brown taken recently by our eagle-eyed photographer Paul Guillotte:

 

Update 11/17/2009: Professor Moore was fired effective Monday, Nov. 16, according to a letter to the Williams community. Interim President William Wagner said their was no evidence Moore had serioulsy misused college resources.

Update Nov. 26, 2009: The Williams Record talks with some of Moore's students, who describe a disengaged instructor with a tendency to name drop but who also was a helpful mentor to some.

Write a comment - 2 Comments       Tags: congressional, caucus, Williams, Moore, professor      

Support Local News

We show up at hurricanes, budget meetings, high school games, accidents, fires and community events. We show up at celebrations and tragedies and everything in between. We show up so our readers can learn about pivotal events that affect their communities and their lives.

How important is local news to you? You can support independent, unbiased journalism and help iBerkshires grow for as a little as the cost of a cup of coffee a week.

News Headlines
Berkshire Mayors Call for Action on Border Separation of Families
Mohawk Theater Ideas Run From Go-Karts to Arts Performance Training Center
38 Graduate From The Adult Learning Center
Adams Town Meeting Opts For Higher Administrator Salary Range
Williams Hosts South Science Building Open House
Berkshire Country Day School Holds Grade 8 Awards Ceremony
Environmental Bond Bill Contains Earmarks for Dalton, Hinsdale
State House Passes Act That Helps Preserve Family Farms
Clarksburg Elementary Announces Third Trimester Honor Roll
Gabriel Abbott Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll


Categories:
Animals (8)
Arts (25)
Community (59)
Daily Beat (4)
Fun stuff (106)
Fundraiser (2)
Green (10)
Health (2)
North Adams (11)
People (14)
Pittsfield (7)
politics (1)
Richmond (2)
Sports (2)
State (4)
Technology (3)
Williamstown (12)
Archives:
Tags:
Madigan Williams Halloween Fall Foliage Pittsfield Country Fair Volunteer Auditions Mass Moca iBerkshires Bcc Adams Food Drive Downing Holiday News Scholarship Solid Sound Festival Library iBerkshires Fundraiser Baseball Morning Report Family Wilco Election Richmond Family Event Concerts Music Reading Program Wjjw Latin Attractions
Popular Entries:
ABC News Features Cheshire's Madigan
Almost Time for Wilco
Wilco Delivers Solid Set, Hints at Return to MoCA
Williamstown Steeple on eBay
ABC Broadcasts Travel Video on Berkshire Winter
Adams Lights Christmas Tree
Williams Tops With Forbes, Unigo
1,000 Great Places From St. Stan's to ... the Elf Parlor?
EPA Postpones Housatonic River Update
Ask Not What Your State Can Do for You
Recent Entries:
Are We There Yet?: Take A Moment to Breathe This Weekend
Are We There Yet?: Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Are We There Yet?: Warm Up On a Cold Weekend
Are We There Yet?: Halloween Times Two
Are We There Yet?: Halloween Is Just Beginning
Are We There Yet?: Enjoy a Quiet Fall Weekend
Are We There Yet?: Help Find a Cure for Type One Diabetes
Are We There Yet?: It's All About the Foliage
Are We There Yet?: Fall Into A Beautiful Autumn Weekend
Are We There Yet?: Curiosity, By George!