A New York woman who allegedly defrauded two Decorah residents has pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges. Forty-three-year-old Lynn Moore admitted in federal court in Cedar Rapids that she had befriended a Decorah woman living in Syracuse, New York in 2000. Through false statements about her medical condition, Moore was able to get nearly 63-thousand dollars in loans from the woman.
Moore used the money for gambling and personal expenses. More also contacted the victim’s sister in Decorah, telling her that she needed the money to pay for probate expenses of her father’s estate and kidney dialysis treatment. She said she’d pay the woman back when the estate was close. Moore obtained over 50-thousand dollars from the other Decorah woman. Moore pleaded guilty this week to wire fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison and a 250-thousand dollar fine.