Felon charged with impersonating cop in Anaheim

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SANTA ANA (CNS) - A certified public accountant was charged today with impersonating a police officer in Anaheim.

Richard Charles Phillip Moore, 35, is charged with being a prohibited person owning ammunition and possession of a deadly weapon -- a leaded cane, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, petty theft and fraudulent impersonation of a peace officer, according to court records.

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Anaheim Police Department officers were called at approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday to Cerritos Avenue and Euclid Street, near Loara High School, after receiving calls regarding a suspicious vehicle operating with police lights, Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Shane Carringer told City News Service.

Moore worked as a certified public accountant at a firm in Tustin, according to his state license. He listed his job as CPA in jail records as well.

Moore pleaded guilty July 19 to discharge of a firearm at an inhabited dwelling and was sentenced to two years of probation, 90 days in jail and to enroll in an outpatient program, according to court records. Felony charges of discharge of a firearm in a gun-free school zone and possession of a firearm in school zones were dropped along with a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed firearm as part of the plea deal, according to court records.

Police suspect that Richard Moore of Tustin has impersonated an officer previously and they are asking anyone who has relevant information for investigators to call 714-765-1966.

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