TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma - The former executive director of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce pleaded guilty Thursday to defrauding the group out of almost half a million dollars.

David Glenn Moore, Jr, 49, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering, failure to pay employment tax and criminal forfeiture.

Federal prosecutors say Moore defrauded the TACC out of approximately $439,660.62 from July 1, 2009 through June 12, 2014.

They say he also didn't pay the IRS payroll taxes totaling $45,556 for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013.

According to prosecutors, Moore used a debit card on the TACC checking account to make unauthorized purchases and make ATM withdrawals at casinos, racetracks and online gaming websites.

They say he also had checks from the TACC account made payable to himself or to cash and then kept the money.

Prosecutors also say Moore obtained an unauthorized loan from Bank of Cherokee County as well as loans from individuals.

Moore, who lives in Catoosa, faces a total of $1,000,000 in fines, as well as 20 years in prison on each of the first two counts.
 
The charges were the result of an investigation by the Tahlequah Police Department, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigative Division.