Detective Bruce Moats of the Missouri City Police Department has been named the 2013 Greater Houston Fraud Fighter of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Detective Moats, in the process of investigating the identity theft of a Missouri City victim, discovered that a local volunteer on-air radio station personality had, over the course of six plus years, stolen over 400 Houston area personal identities and purchased an estimated several million dollars worth of merchandise with the stolen identities. The fraudster obtained the ID’s from donors to the radio station. Detective Moats laboriously investigated internet IP addresses and merchandise shipping addresses to track down the fraudster. The defendant has been charged with fraudulent use of identification, a first degree felony, and sits in the Harris County Jail, unable to post his $200,000 bail. Sergeant Russell D’Oench of the Missouri City Police Department stated that “Detective Moats consistently demonstrates a high level of investigative prowess as the Lead Fraud Investigator for the police department. It is no surprise to me that he was able to crack a case that had eluded other investigators.”
The Houston Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners issues the Greater Houston Fraud Fighter of the Year award annually to the investigator, public or private, whose investigation exemplifies determination, perseverance and commitment in the fight against fraud. Officers in over 225 law enforcement agencies in Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers, Austin, San Jacinto, Walker and Matagorda counties were eligible for the award. Upon learning of the award, Detective Moats said “I am deeply honored to be recognized by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. If it wasn’t for the collaboration of fellow fraud investigators and the support of organizations like ACFE, large investigations such as this would not be possible.”
With nearly 70,000 members, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. The ACFE is the governing body that licenses and regulates Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs).