Federal Way School Board member guilty of theft

An Oregon jury has found Federal Way School Board member Tony Moore guilty on seven counts of felony theft.

The verdict, reached Friday in Portland, came after of five hours of deliberations at the Multnomah County Courthouse after a four-day trial that began April 14.

Moore, 50, was convicted of scheming with a tire company employee in Portland and stealing $150,000 worth of tires in 2011.

He was allowed to return to Federal Way, pending sentencing July 9. He could face up to 10 years in prison.

Moore said he will resign from the school board, effective immediately.

“But it’s not about all of this; it’s about the kids. It’s always been about the kids,” Moore said, choking up. “It kind of breaks my heart because that’s what I love to do.”

Moore, who owns a used-tire brokerage in Federal Way, was accused of working with Tracy E. Holmquist, an employee of GCR Tire Centers in Portland, as part of the scheme to steal semitruck tires. Holmquist was convicted of seven counts of aggravated theft and is serving 19 months in prison.

Moore had frequently visited the Portland tire store to salvage used tires for his own business, according to Multnomah County sheriff’s detective Ken Yohe.

“Mr. Moore met Mr. Holmquist, and he was able to arrange for Mr. Homlquist to look the other way while he stole the newer tires over a period of seven or eight months,” Yohe said.

As Friday’s verdict was read Moore stood with his attorney, Robert Callahan. Moore’s mother, Delores, sat with her eyes closed next to his wife, Trisa, and his sister.

“I’m really disappointed in the verdict,” Moore said later, adding he respects the work the jury did. “We just happen to see things differently.”

He said this year marks the 25th year that “I’ve been doing the exact same thing” with his tire business and it’s “unfortunate that they thought what happened was foul play.”

Moore said he is going to “learn from this and I’m going to move forward. ”