Griffin Police officers' body cams rolled as officers responded to Moore's law firm time after time, showing clients confronting Moore and demanding their money back for services that they say he didn't do.
One of those calls occurred on Aug. 2, 2017.
Moore defends himself, to police, against Jerry Boyack, a client's father who, he said, assaulted him.
“He actually paid the money; he’s not the client. He paid the money. The client that I actually represent is very happy with me. She’s totally cool. But since he actually forked over the money, he feels like he as an interest in it, and he can boss me around,” Moore tells police, as recorded on their body cam.
“On Monday they hire me; you do all the work, whatever,” Moore says to the officers. “On Thursday, all of a sudden, they get back together, they have sex, they’ve getting back together, there are kids there, everything’s great. Then they call us in Friday and say, ‘Hey, look, we’re getting back together, I want my money back.’ We can’t do that. My paralegals, me, we’ve already done all the work. We can’t help.”
During another altercation recorded by police, Moore tells a client that he plans to countersue him for money that he says he owes him.
“You owe me $1,500 by the way, and I will counter claim you for $1,500,” Moore says.
The client rebuts his claims to the officers.
“I don’t owe nothing. I didn’t have a contract with you, bro. I didn’t sign nothing. You were scatter-brained and didn’t have me sign a contract,” the client says. “I’ve been chasing this man down for two and half weeks, calling and calling."
On Jan. 22, 2018, he accuses yet another client, Erin Oliver, of stalking him after she demanded he give her, her case file. He promised he would give it to her within 72 hours, but did not.
“I mean, I’ve got clients pissed off, like her, wanting their file. But you can’t try to hit me with your car. You can’t stalk me, you can’t blow up my family. They can call the State Bar of Georgia. They’re more than welcome to,” Moore argues to police.
The officer recommends to Oliver that she contact the bar.
“The last thing you want to do is get caught up in a legal battle, especially with a lawyer,” the officer explains to her.
The Griffin Police Department has taken dozens of complaints from former clients. But for now, those complaints remain civil matters.
POLICE REPORTS |
Aug. 1, 2017 | Rocky Flynn tells police that Moore repeatedly declines his phone calls and is "avoiding contact.”
According to police, Moore refuses to talk and states that this is a civil matter to be handled in court.
Aug. 2, 2017 | Deidre Pope tells police that the business has been left unlocked for an extended period of time… sensitive information laid throughout the unlocked office with no one supervising the office… his phone number has been changed or blocked.
Aug. 2, 2017 | Police arrives at the Taylor Street office location, where they’re called for a battery case. They arrests a client, Jacob Boyack's father, Jerry Boyack, for simple assault/simple battery. Jerry says Moore pushed him first and he pushed back. Jerry is hospitalized for high heart rate after the incident.
Aug. 3, 2017 | Moore states Jacob Boyack came into his office demanding his $2,000 back for services that he claimed Moore had not completed. Jacob states that this is “an ongoing problem,” and accuses Moore of being a drug addict.
Jan. 22, 2018 | Erin Oliver tells police she paid Moore $2,275 for a temporary protective order against her ex-husband. In June of 2017, according to her, Moore did not show up to court. She was served with contempt paperwork and Moore never responded.
Jan. 23, 2018 | Eugene Baldwin tells police that he retained Moore in December 2016, but that Moore did not do any of the legal work for him.
Jan. 24, 2018 | Erin Oliver states that Moore had legal paperwork that she wants returned. Moore states that he did have the items, but was in the process of moving from his space. Moore says he would have the items ready for her in the next 72 hours.
Jan. 24, 2018 | Katrina Steward files a complaint at Griffin Police headquarters, stating that she paid Moore $3,500 but that he never filed her paperwork with the courts as promised. Moore told her that she would not get her money back.
Jan. 25, 2018 | Glenda Wright says that Moore has not rendered any legal services to her and that she has paid him more than $2,500.
Jan. 25, 2018 | Eloise Shackelford states that she gave Moore $3,600 but that he “failed to complete any task.”
The Bar’s Arbitration Committee awards her a reimbursement from Moore in the sum of $3,600. He does not pay.
Jan. 25, 2018 | Christopher Waldrip tells police that on April 6, 2017, he paid Moore $2,762, with receipts to prove so. To date, no paperwork has been filed on his behalf by Moore.
Jan. 25, 2018 | Gloria Skinner Russell tells police that “Moore has not fulfilled any of his contract,” after she paid him $962.50.
Documents also detail that Moore has two arrests for failure to appear in court for traffic violations, in Butts and Spalding counties.
Over the past several months, 911 calls poured into the Spalding County dispatch center about the attorney “robbing” them—and at least one call with Moore alleging assault by one of his disgruntled clients.
Dispatcher: “Spalding County 911, what’s your emergency?”
Caller No. 1: “He took my money… He robbed me.”
“Oh my God, I cannot believe this. And he’s a lawyer.”
Caller No. 2: “We’re at the Walter Moore attorney’s office.”
“There’s an office full of people, and he’s done run off with everybody’s money, and we would like the police to come up here.”
Dispatcher: “And you said he left with your money?”
“He took off, and evidently just took off with everybody’s money, including not paying the employees,” the caller says.
But, his clients were not the only ones calling 911. Moore, himself, called 911 on his clients as well.
Moore: “It’s my office, I’m a lawyer,” he says to the dispatch operator.
“He’s crazy, like, ‘Be careful, go get your son, protect him.’ He’s nuts and he just assaulted me and 10 people saw it.”
Dispatcher: “And you’re a lawyer?”
Moore: “Yeah, I’m a lawyer at the Moore Law Firm.”
When police arrive, Moore tells them that he wants to press charges.
Inside his cruiser, Lt. Jett gets on his phone.
“Yeah, he’s a victim,” Jett is overheard saying on his body cam's recording.
“Victim my ass!” the man on the other end of the line can be heard saying.
“You know, he’s saying he paid Walter $2,000 to do something and Walter didn’t do it. You know that’s all civil. You can’t put your hands on somebody,” Jett says on the phone.
Responding to something the person on the other line says, he retorts, “Oh yeah… He’s probably drunker than hell and high as a kite right now. You can kind of tell.”
“He’s got a suspended license already if you see him rolling,” Jett continues. “I understand the man’s an idiot. He’s a drunk. He’s a dope head, but he’s still a victim on this case.”
Another caller arrives at the law firm on Dec. 7, 2017, to find the door unlocked, and the office vacant. Police are dispatched to the scene.
Griffin Police officers’ body cams capture an abandoned scene—Moore is nowhere to be found.
“The doors to the law firm are just wide open and nobody’s in here,” one officer says to the other as they enter the office. “It’s almost like somebody came in here and up and left.”
The phone rings.
Officer Stephany Allen answers the law firm's landline.
“No ma’am, this is Officer Allen; they’re currently out of the office right now.”
It’s a client.
“Yes ma’am, we’re actually in the process of trying to figure out where he’s at, so that’s why I’m here answering the phone,” Allen relayed to the caller.
Hanging up the phone, the she looks over at the other officer and says, “Oh, Lordy... He’s in some trouble. He’s supposed to be at a plea thing today.”
“He’s got one at 1:30, too, he missed. The judge is waiting on him,” the officer continues relaying the phone call.
They marvel at the oddity of the empty office.
“The secretary, the lawyer, everything kind of just up and disappeared, randomly, like there’s keys to the building sitting on the desk. There’s personal paperwork everywhere.”