Cape Girardeau man gets bond revoked for alleged second attempt to impersonate federal agent

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Thursday was the third time this summer that Richard A. Moore was charged with pretending to be a federal agent.

Moore, 38, 2830 Whitener St., Apt. 6, has been out on bond since May 18 for allegedly saying he was a Drug Enforcement Administration agent to get into the Rush H. Limbaugh Sr. Federal Courthouse to see U.S. District Judge Lewis Blanton.

He posted a $5,000 bond, but the next day the prosecution amended the charge to include a second count of false impersonation stemming from an incident that occurred May 10.

On May 10, Moore allegedly tried to get into the Southeast Missouri Hospital emergency room by saying he was a federal drug agent and needed to interview an informant who had just overdosed.

On July 29, Moore approached a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper in the parking lot of a Jackson car wash and explained that he was a colonel from Fort Bragg. He said that his unit was going to be training in the area of Highway 74 and County Road 205, and that the highway patrol should ignore any calls concerning armed people in camouflage riding around in pickup trucks.

Then, Thursday morning, shortly before Moore was charged with the July 29 incident, he approached employees at the prosecutor's office in the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse and told them he worked for both the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a motion to revoke his bond.

Then, he stated that he was going to "take down" someone in the courthouse later in the week, and that it was "the big man upstairs," possibly referring to one of the judges.

Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle filed a motion to revoke Moore's bond, and he is currently held at the Cape Girardeau County Jail on the latest count of false impersonation on a $100,000 cash only bond.

He was not charged in Thursday's incidents.

A mental evaluation of Moore will be held Oct. 22 at the Missouri Mental Health Center in Farmington, Mo., as per a judge's order.

Moore told the Southeast Missourian last week that he is a federal agent working for a highly classified anti-terror unit, and that he is undercover.

bdicosmo@semissourian.com

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