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Investigator guilty of illegally obtaining veteran's records

Posted August 6, 2009 11:06 a.m. EDT

— A Fayetteville private investigator has been placed on house arrest for 90 days after he pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining private military records, authorities said Thursday.

Paul Edward Moody Sr., 74, pleaded guilty to forging a veteran's name on an authorization form to retrieve military records held at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. He also provided a Social Security number on the records request form, which he submitted in February 2005, authorities said.

Authorities said Moody was trying to get the records for a client who was seeking information about the veteran.

"In this type of identity theft, not only has the identity of another been stolen, the importance of service made by members of our military that have served valiantly has been diminished,” U.S. Attorney George Holding said in a statement.

Moody also was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine.