Former State Department Official Sentenced for Theft

August 4, 2008

BALTIMORE, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Matthew Charles Victor, age 45, of Columbia, Maryland, today to three months in prison for theft of government property in connection with using government fees collected for processing visa applications for his own personal benefit, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Quarles also ordered that Victor pay $29,500 in restitution, which Victor paid in full today at his sentencing.

According to his plea agreement, from 2004 to July 10, 2006, Victor was employed by the Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany as a consular officer. His duties included interviewing foreign persons who had submitted applications for visas to enter and work in the United States. The Department of State required its consular officials to charge a $500 fee to process the visas.

From the spring of 2005 to the summer of 2006, Victor received $29,500 paid by foreign persons for processing their visa applications. Instead of turning over the money he received to the cashier at the Berlin Embassy, Victor kept the money for his personal use.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Diplomatic Security Service for their investigative work and praised Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew G. W. Norman, who prosecuted the case.



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