Former Gov. Arch Moore, who agreed to plead guilty to five federal charges ranging from extortion to filing false tax returns, will cooperate with a wider investigation into political corruption in West Virginia, federal prosecutors said.
An indictment issued Thursday focused on $831,221 Moore received between 1984 and 1988, the last of his three terms, saying the former Republican governor extorted well over half that amount and that he failed to pay taxes on or in other ways illegally handled the rest.The charges said Moore also illegally diverted $100,000 into his 1984 gubernatorial campaign to buy votes and influence the election.
U.S. Attorney Michael Carey said that in exchange for Moore's guilty plea and cooperation into wider political corruption in West Virginia, prosecutors will not pursue other charges against Moore.
Moore faces 36 years in prison and fines totaling $1.2 million in the current case.