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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Former Yosemite Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement from the National Park

Monday, February 04, 2013

Docket #: 1-10-cr-000411-AWI



FRESNO, Calif. — Mary Alice Walk, 61, of Midpines, pleaded guilty today to theft of government property, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

This case is the product of an investigation by the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch. Assistant United States Attorneys Mark J. McKeon, Grant B. Rabenn, and Brian Enos prosecuted the case.

According to documents filed in the case, Walk was employed by the National Park Service in Yosemite National Park between October 2008 and June 2009. During that time, she charged $32,820 of personal expenses to government credit cards that had been issued to her for making official government purchases.

Walk is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on April 15, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. She faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.



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