TAMPA — She said she was carjacked, kidnapped and sexually assaulted at gunpoint. She described her abductors in detail, down to one man's green tattoos. She underwent a rape exam.
Two months later, detectives said that Dorice "DeeDee" Moore made up the whole thing.
Moore, 37, is in the news now because Hillsborough and Polk County authorities say she went to great lengths to cover up the killing of Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare and convince his family that he was still alive.
But this isn't the first time law enforcement has accused the Plant City native of staging an elaborate scheme.
Investigative files reviewed Tuesday by the St. Petersburg Times show that detectives quickly quashed the rape and kidnapping allegations Moore made in June 2001. As her story unraveled, they found they were dealing with a woman who was the subject of an internal fraud investigation at work, who owed thousands of dollars to her credit union and landlord, and who said she would do anything to keep her fancy car.
Moore had purchased the $50,796 black 2000 Lincoln Navigator the year before. On financing documents, she reported pulling in $10,000 a month from her job as a Nextel regional saleswoman and about $30,000 a year selling Mary Kay products.
She traded in a '98 Ford Explorer, put down $5,000 cash and took out a $45,000 loan to get the new vehicle.
Pretty soon, she fell behind on car payments.
The first time it happened, Moore told a GTE Federal Credit Union loan officer that her money had been stolen. She never provided a police report case number, according to Hillsborough sheriff's investigative records, but avoided repossession by making a payment in January 2001.
The credit union came calling again in June. This time, Moore had a negative balance in a business checking account and overdue payments on the car and a personal credit card. She owed nearly $6,500, investigative records show.
The loan officer told Moore so during a phone conversation on June 14, 2001.
"You're not taking my car," Moore said, according to the loan officer. "I'll do anything I have to to keep it."
Six days later, Moore filed what Hillsborough sheriff's detectives later determined to be a false crime report. She ultimately pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to a year of probation.
But not before she concocted a story rich with detail. Moore claimed two Mexican men kidnapped her from the post office in Sydney where she had gone to mail something related to her work selling prepaid phones. They bound her wrists and ankles with tape. They said they had been sent to burn her alive in her car, but they wanted to keep it. She said they raped her, stole her jewelry and dumped her in the ditch where passers-by found her.
"The one in back finally made the decision not to kill me but said he better never see me again and to dye my hair blond," Moore wrote in a statement in the early hours of June 21, 2001.
She went to the hospital and the rape crisis center. Detectives took her pink sweater, blue jeans, bra, underwear and fingernail scrapings into evidence.
They would soon learn from a Nextel representative that Moore had been banned from selling the phone company's products due to an internal fraud investigation.
And on June 26, a Pasco County man called to say the Lincoln Navigator was parked in a garage on his property. Michael Anthony Davis said he had been promised $500 to store the vehicle, which he had been told was possibly being repossessed and might be involved in an insurance scam.
A news story about a woman with the same type of vehicle getting kidnapped and raped made him suspicious. He directed authorities to the man who dropped off the Navigator.
That man, Steve Rodela, and others said Moore sought to frame someone whom she claimed had been threatening to kill her. On June 13, 2001, Moore had filed a report alleging that an employee she recently fired set a Nextel contract ablaze on her property. The men said Moore now wanted to create an incident that could be blamed on the ex-employee.
At her request, Rodela said, he hid the truck. Another man, Clemente Bonilla, said he drove Moore to the spot where she was discovered after the alleged attack.
He said Moore taped her own wrists and threw herself from his white Blazer.
Times researcher John Martin contributed to this story. Colleen Jenkins can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 226-3337.