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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maryland

www.justice.gov/usao/md

For Immediate Release

January 23, 2013

Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney

Contact: AUSA Vickie E. LeDuc or Marcia Murphy
(410) 209-4885
Vickie.LeDuc@usdoj.gov

Former Postal Employee Sentenced to 2 Year in Prison for Stealing

a Postal Money Order Purchased by a Customer

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Dana Lind
Nixon, age 27, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to two years in prison, followed by three years of
supervised release, for stealing a postal money order purchased by a customer. Nixon also set fire to
the Postmaster’s office in an attempt to cover up the theft. Judge Quarles ordered Nixon to pay
restitution of $4,006.29.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J.
Rosenstein; Postal Inspector in Charge Gary R. Barksdale of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service -
Washington Division; Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; and Maryland State Fire Marshal William E.
Barnard.

According to Nixon’s guilty plea, she was an employee of the United States Postal Service
working as a Sales and Distribution Associate at the Belcamp, Maryland Post Office. Nixon admits
that early on the morning of May 15, 2012, she set fire to the Postmaster's office in an attempt to
conceal her theft of a $1,000 postal money order. The fire was quelled, although damage was
estimated at approximately $5,000. The Fire Marshal determined that the fire was intentionally set
and identified seven different ignition points and other indicators of arson.

In the course of investigating the arson, Postal Inspectors interviewed the Belcamp
Postmaster and learned that on May 14, 2012, the Postmaster left paperwork on her desk
documenting a complaint from a customer who purchased a $1,000 postal money order on May 8,
2012. The customer alleged that, upon returning home, she realized that the postal clerk, later
determined to be Nixon, failed to provide her with the purchased $1,000 postal money order. Further
investigation revealed that shortly after the customer purchased the money order from Nixon, Nixon
cashed the money order at her own bank in her own name.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the U.S. Postal Inspection Service,
ATF, and Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office for their work in the investigation, with assistance
from the U.S. Postal Service - Office of Inspector General,. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant
United States Attorney Rachel M. Yasser, who prosecuted the case.

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