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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1994                                  (202) 616-2771
                                                         TDD (202) 514-1888


     WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Justice announced that
Billy R. Dale, the former Director of the White House Telegraph
and Travel Office, was indicted today by a federal grand jury in
Washington, D.C., on charges that he embezzled and converted cash
and checks that he obtained in his government position.
     The two-count indictment was returned in U.S. Court in
Washington, D.C.
     Dale, 57, is a resident of Clinton, Maryland.
     The indictment charged that from February 1988 through April
1991, Dale embezzled and wrongfully converted checks that were
sent to the Travel Office by the White House news media and
refund checks sent to the Travel Office by telephone companies
and other businesses.  According to the indictment, Dale
deposited checks worth more than $54,000 into his personal bank
account in Maryland.
     The indictment also charged that from February 1992 through
January 1993, Dale embezzled and wrongfully converted an
additional $14,000 in cash from a checking account that the
Travel Office maintained on behalf of the White House news media.
     If convicted, Dale faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and
fines of up to $500,000.
     This case is being handled by Stuart M. Goldberg and Raymond
N. Hulser, attorneys in the Department's Public Integrity