On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, it was announced that a Gaithersburg, Maryland man had been sentenced to six months in federal prison for theft of government property. 51-year-old Christopher Dame was also sentenced to six months of home confinement and three years of supervised release. Dame was formerly the Visual Information Specialist for the National Institutes of Health’s Medical Arts Division, which is located in Bethesda, Maryland.
Earlier this year, Dame pleaded guilty to the charges. During his admission, Dame confessed that between January 3, 2013 and January 12, 2017, he frequently stole research and photography equipment belonging to the NIH. Then, these items were sold through an e-commerce corporation.
Dame also persuaded his colleagues to purchase surplus ink for NIH, with the intention of stealing the ink and selling it online for his own benefit. Between the years of 2013 and 2017, it is estimated that Dame stole more than 400 items from the NIH.
As a part of Dame’s plea agreement, he will be responsible for paying restitution in full amount of the total, which equates to $75,613.14.