BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - Cason “Casey” Moreland, 60, a former Davidson County, Tennessee judge pleaded guilty this month before Chief U.S. District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw Jr. to five counts relating to obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and stealing money from an organization receiving federal funds.
According to Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee, the FBI began exploring whether Cason “Casey” Moreland solicited sexual services in exchange for propitious judicial treatment. Moreland admitted that in February 2017, he concoct a scheme to pay a witness to sign a false affidavit, changing her statements, regarding his criminal conduct in trading judicial favors for sex. He also concoct a scheme to plant illicit drugs in the witnesses automobile, and have her arrested by local authorities, therefore, killing the credibility of the original affidavit. Moreland used a burner phone registered under "Raul Rodriguez" to carry out his objectives and interacted with an informant working for the FBI.
Moreland’s plea agreement also includes, admitting to embezzling money from the Drug Court Foundation (DCF), a non-profit that provides transitional housing for drug court participants, by directing DCF's director to deliver envelopes of cash to his office that she had collected from individuals seeking outpatient treatment for substance abuse. After learning of the FBI’s investigation, Moreland told the DCF’s director to destroy all records pertaining to the cash payments that he had embezzled.
Moreland will be sentenced on Aug. 31.
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