Friday, April 12, 2013 at 11:31 a.m.
In December 2010, a Sunset Beach woman got a terrible surprise when she went to a Huntington Beach branch of U.S. Bank to pay off her mortgage and discovered that three weeks earlier a stranger had emptied her account of more than $610,000.
According to court records, an FBI investigation determined that Zenobia Moore of Los Angeles used fake identification to withdraw the money from a U.S. Bank branch inside an Albertson's market across the street from Mile Square Park and spent $580,000 of the money to purchase 402 gold coins.
Moore's alleged gold deal was arranged at the Bella Terra Mall in Huntington Beach and then consummated inside an LA Denny's, according to a Homeland Security report reviewed by OC Weekly.
Using surveillance camera's inside the Albertson's store, federal agents working with a Los Angeles Police Department detective matched Moore's real California driver's license with images of the scumbag who depleted the account, according to court records.
Following an April 4 arrest for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, Moore--who was born in 1953--remains in custody without bail but with a taxpayer-funded defense lawyer.
Court records also show that Moore is suspected in a Las Vegas identity theft transaction in 2010.
A federal judge inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse has not yet been assigned to her case.