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United States v. Moore

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
612 F.3d 698 (2010)


The United States Postal Service (USPS) intercepted a package that contained cocaine. The package was addressed to Karen White, which the USPS believed was a fake name. A USPS inspector posing as a mail carrier delivered the package to the address on the package. Marlin Moore (defendant) signed for the package by writing the name “Kevin Jones.” Moore told the undercover USPS inspector that Karen White was his girlfriend. Subsequently, when Moore left the premises with the package, he was arrested and charged with several crimes, including making a false statement under 18 U.S.C. § 1001. A jury convicted Moore, and he appealed. Moore argued that the false name he gave the inspector was not material to a matter within the jurisdiction of the United States, because the inspector did not know or ask for Moore’s name when he signed for the package.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Ginsburg, J.)

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