Naval Academy Employee Convicted of Stealing Food from the Academy
Also Convicted of Gun Charge
Baltimore, Maryland - Gerard A. Hyman, age 34, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, a civilian employee at the U.S. Naval Academy, pleaded guilty today to theft of government property and being a felon in possession of a gun, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to the plea agreement, Hyman worked at the Naval Academy as a food services employee at King Hall, a facility that stores and prepares meals for the midshipmen. On December 17, 2007, Hyman was observed in the loading dock of King Hall taking boxes of food belonging to the Naval Academy from a trash dumpster and placing them into his 2000 Mercedes car. Police officers from the Naval Academy were called to the loading dock and recovered boxes of steaks, ribs, and condiments from his car. The value of all of the food taken including food found in the dumpster was over $3,500. None of the food was expired or should have been thrown away. Also recovered from the car was a stun gun and a box containing 20 unfired cartridges of 22 long rifle caliber shot shell ammunition.
The next day agents recovered a 46-inch flat screen television monitor, valued at $4,500 and belonging to the Naval Academy, from a detached shed where Hyman resided. The television monitor was reported stolen from King Hall on November 27, 2007. Also recovered from the shed was a Remington .22 caliber rifle. Hyman was prohibited from possessing any firearm because he had previously been convicted of a felony crime.
Hyman faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. has scheduled sentencing for June 13, 2008 at 1:00 p.m.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Naval District Washington - Criminal Investigations Division for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Paul E. Budlow, who is prosecuting the case.