Debt collection agency sues Sidney Moorer | criminality


Sidney Moorer faces more legal issues, this time in civil court.

The Myrtle Beach-area man accused in the Heather Elvis case is listed as a defendant in a lawsuit a debt collection agency recently filed in the Horry County Magistrate’s Court in Surfside Beach.

Portfolio Recovery Associates/Synchrony Bank is listed as a plaintiff in the July 27 lawsuit.

Toys R Us is identified as the original creditor, according to financial records filed with the lawsuit.

A credit card statement included in court records showed that as of September 28, 2014, Moorer had an outstanding balance of $6,603.32. The account limit is $6,300, according to the documents.

The suit seeks a judgment in the amount of $6,603.32 plus court costs. A hearing date has not been set.

Moorer, 39, was still incarcerated at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in September 2014.

In February of that year, he was charged with murder, kidnapping, obstruction of justice and two counts of indecent exposure in connection with the disappearance of Heather Elvis. Moorer’s wife, Tammy Moorer, 43, faces the same charges.

Sidney and Tammy Moorer spent nearly all of 2014 and most of January 2015 behind bars before their bonds were set at $100,000 each on January 30. Both are now free on bail.

Elvis was 20 when she disappeared in the early morning of December 13, 2013. She has not been found.

The lawsuit was brought by Joseph Brown and Wesley Boyd of the law firm Frederick J. Hanna & Associates in Greenville.

Joe Cooling, the firm’s managing partner, said federal law prohibits him from speaking about the debt collection lawsuit.

But he said he was unaware of Sidney Moorer’s pending murder and incarceration charges in 2014. He was unaware of the impact those circumstances might have on the civil suit.

“It’s horrible that this is happening,” Cooling said. “Obviously we weren’t aware of anything like that.”


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