Feds accuse Albuquerque man of trying to steal a house

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man has been hit with federal charges for trying to steal a home in the Foothills; investigators say he devised a scheme and executed his plan.

He’s the person you go to when you’re looking to buy or sell a house, but according to the US attorney’s office, 66-year-old Robert O. Moore, is not someone you want to trust.

According to the US attorney’s office, the incident happened in 2014 when Moore was a “licensed real estate broker.” Moore is facing charges for allegedly trying to steal a house off Tramway and Montgomery.

KRQE News 13 obtained an indictment against Moore filed just last month. It claims Moore leased the house at 4625 Larchmont Dr., then prepared a fraudulent deed for the house so that he could transfer ownership from Renew Lending to himself. Renew Lending is a licensed Residential Mortgage Lender out of Reno, Nevada.

The indictment also accuses Moore of forging signatures of financial investment groups that owned the home, while using a “counterfeit notary seal on the deed.” According to the feds, Moore used the doctored deed to try to obtain a mortgage of more $152,625 on the Larchmont property. It said Moore did all of this because he “possessed a poor credit rating due to his recent bankruptcy” and needed good credit in order to qualify for the mortgage on the property.

Moore is being charged with bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Moore had his first appearance in court Monday morning. He pleaded not guilty.

According to the New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department, Moore still has two active licenses.

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