Stealing visa fees yields term

CRIME WATCH

August 05, 2008

A former U.S. State Department employee who worked in Germany was sentenced in U.S. District Court yesterday to three months in prison for stealing nearly $30,000 in visa application fees, according to federal prosecutors in Maryland.

Matthew Charles Victor of Columbia, 45, paid the government $29,500 in restitution at his hearing yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Prosecutors said he had worked as a counselor officer in the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, and that from the spring of 2005 to the summer of 2006 he pocketed the $500 visa fees "for his own personal use."

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