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First Lady and Daughter charged in Negligent Homicide against baby

by on Jan.15, 2011, under General, Leadership

Prosecutors detail case against Norfolk daycare workers

NORFOLK — Tammy Futrell’s congregation calls her the first lady of the church.  But during a preliminary hearing in Norfolk on Tuesday, prosecutors called her a woman guilty of negligent homicide.

Futrell and her daughter, Angel Hoskie, face charges for the death of a 7-week-old baby that died at a daycare center owned by Futrell and her husband, pastor Melvin Futrell.

7 Week Old Dylan Cummings

Little Eagles daycare closed this summer after the death of Dylan Cummings.

The center was attached to the Bethel Temple Church of Deliverance on Little Creek Road.

First Lady Tammy along with her husband Melvin Futrell

Dozens of members of the church showed up to court Tuesday to plead with the judge to let both women out of jail on bond.

In an effort to keep both women locked up, prosecutors laid out a disturbing chain of events about how, they say, Cummings died.

An autopsy showed he died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

He was among 10 babies sleeping unsupervised in a dark, hot utility room with no windows, prosecutors said.

They told a judge that Hoskie, responsible for checking on the babies, was checking on her Facebook page instead and left to make a fast food run at one point.

She’s charged with felony child neglect.

Futrell ran the day care and is charged with negligent homicide.

Defense attorneys said neither woman had any prior trouble with the law.

They called witnesses to the stand that said the women cared for the babies like they were their own.

“The commonwealth is trying to avenge this death of Dylan Cummings and they’re trying to do it with a pound of flesh from my client,” Futrell’s attorney John Stepanovich said.

A judge ordered Futrell to be kept in jail without bond.  Hoskie was given a bond of $40,000.

Dinnetta Feeney, a third woman indicted in the case, previously bonded out of jail.

Tammy Futrell - Mugshot

Angel Hoskie - Mugshot

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Update – ‘Prophet’ scamming suspect taken into Norfolk police custody

by on Jan.13, 2011, under General, Leadership, Religious Cults, Uncategorized

Courtesy of Patrick Wilson the Virginian Pilot

NORFOLK

One time for your Holy Man!

A man accused of scamming women out of money by calling himself “a prophet” was taken into police custody today.

Simon Moore Jr., 24, has been charged with obtaining money by false pretenses and failing to appear in court.

He pleaded guilty in 2009 to a charge of writing bad checks that were stolen from his employer, but he did not appear for sentencing, police said.

He also is accused of writing counterfeit checks in October 2010 and scamming a woman in December by telling her he would reserve her a hotel room for $200 and not delivering, police said.

Police said he often presented himself as a “prophet” or “holy man,” including on a MySpace page.

Moore was arrested today after a woman called Norfolk police to say she was being scammed by him, said Officer Chris Amos, a police spokesman. She set up a meeting with him at a Burger King near the intersection of Tidewater Drive and Virginia Beach Boulevard. He was arrested after a brief pursuit.

Staff writer Lauren King contribted to this story.

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‘Prophet’ out for profit

by on Jan.13, 2011, under Uncategorized

“SUCCESS is NOT a journey, its a DESTINATION…..n yesss, I’m n Route!!” – Prophet Simon Moore Jr.

NORFOLK — Police say a man has been using religion to rip people off in several Southside cities.

Police spokesman Officer Chris Amos says Simon Moore, Jr. particularly targets women and would often present himself as being a “prophet” or “holy man.”

On December 6, 2010, police say Moore got $200 from Gloria Williams after he promised to get her a hotel room at a discounted price. Police say when she went to check in, the reservation hadn’t been made.

Williams told 13News she ran into Moore in the library while she was using a computer to find a job. He grew up with her son, and those who’ve known him from the time he was young call him “Little Jack.”

During their conversation in the library, Williams says Moore claimed to run several hotels.

“He said, ‘Well, I get a discount, and you can use my discount, so I’m gonna hook you up, and I’m gonna do this for you, because I help out a lot of people,'” recalled Williams.

She said Moore drove her to the bank where she withdrew her last $200. Currently, she is on unemployment.

That night in December, she waited for hours at the hotel where Moore was to have gotten her a room, trying to get in touch with him. Although she managed to contact Moore, he failed to rectify a problem with the reservation he supposedly made.

“I was like, I couldn’t believe it. He did this to me of all people, and you know me? You know me. How could you do that to me? Been there with you all, your family. We ate Thanksgiving, Christmas,” Williams shared.

In October 2010, police say he passed fake checks and checks from a closed account after opening a Web design business called M&L Enterprises in the Wachovia (Wells Fargo) buidling in downtown.

“I went to Wachovia on the 18th floor to find out was he still working there,” Williams told 13News, “and the lady said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘Well, where he at?’ She said, ‘We been had, too.'”

In February 2009, police say he took checks from his employer, filled them out and passed them.  He pleaded guilty but did not appear at sentencing.

Moore is wanted for obtaining money by false pretenses and felony failure to appear; other charges are pending, according to Amos.

“Hope he doesn’t go to all these different churches and scam these women out of their money, you know, and, basically, I believe that’s what he’s doing,” Williams said.

Investigators want to hear from anyone who’s had contact with Moore or who may have been victimized by him. Contact Investigator D. W. Ireland at 664-7157.

Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves”.

2 Timothy 3:1-7 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come .  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded , lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away .  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away withdivers lusts,  Ever learning , and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth”.
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“Holy man” accused in money scam

by on Jan.12, 2011, under General, Leadership, Religious Cults, Uncategorized

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Norfolk police are looking for a man accused in a series of scams in which he’d present himself, usually to women, as a “prophet” or “holy man” to collect money from them.

Authorities are asking for your help locating 24-year-old Simon Moore, Jr. Moore is currently wanted for for Felony Failure To Appear (FTA) and Obtaining Money by False Pretense. Additional charges are pending.

Moore is described as a black male, 5-foot-10-inches tall and about 185 pounds. His last known address was in the 800 Block Whitehead Avenue.

Below is a brief timeline of Moore’s activities in Norfolk. Authorities think he may have been active in neighboring cities as well.

February 18, 2009: Police say Moore took checks from his employer, filled them out and used them. He was subsequently arrested and pled guilty, but never appeared at his sentencing.

October 26, 2010: Moore opened a web design business, M&L Enterprises, on Monticello Avenue. He presented checks deemed by officials to be fake or counterfeit. Additionally, he passed checks to the City of Norfolk’s Treasurer’s Office from a closed account, police said.

Charges are pending in both cases.

On December 6, 2010: According to police, Moore obtained money by false pretenses by promising to get a hotel room for the victim at a discounted price. Moore charged the victim $200.00 for his services. He collected his fee and never followed through in reserving the room.

Investigators say Moore may have scammed others. They’re asking additional victims from the City of Norfolk to come forward. Anyone who believes he or she may have been victimized by Moore should contact Investigator D. W. Ireland at 664-7157.

If you can help police find Simon Lee Moore, Jr. call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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