Memphis man tries to cheat local employer out of money
Trying to extort money from his employer landed a Memphis man in trouble in Webster Parish.
Walter Sillers Moore, III, 41, of Memphis, Tennessee has been charged with extortion by the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Moore, who reportedly has a history of salary disputes with former employers, surrendered to Alabama authorities early last week.
WPSO detective Scott Tucker said Moore was a driver for a transport business that contracts with major petroleum companies.
“The main petroleum company is in North Dakota, Moore is from Memphis, but he was threatening a transport company in Webster Parish,” Tucker said.
The transport company contacted WPSO when Moore stopped working for them and allegedly began sending text messages to the company owner, making phone calls and leaving voice mails demanding between $15,000 and $20,000.
“He said if they didn’t pay him, he would make false accusations against them to the large petroleum company they were contracted to haul for,” Tucker said. “He also made different kinds of allegations, trying to harm them. Then, he gave them a deadline of when they had to wire him the money.”
When the deadline expired, Tucker said Moore contacted the major petroleum company and made the accusations. Once Tucker and WPSO verified that Moore’s accusations, were false, they obtained an arrest warrant on an extortion charge.
“We contacted the U.S. Marshall’s Service in Memphis,” Tucker said. “They went to his mother’s home where he lives, and he wasn’t there. He was in Fair Hope, Alabama where contact was made with him and he turned himself in.”
Moore was extradited Tuesday. He is at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center under $35,000 bond.