May 26, 2018
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Kittery woman gets probation, fine for embezzling from national park

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A former National Park Service employee was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to one year of probation for embezzlement of government money.

Danel Nickerson, 45, of Kittery pleaded guilty in May to the charge and has been free on personal recognizance bail.

In addition to probation, U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen ordered Nickerson to pay a $1,200 fine and $7,429 in restitution. The defendant paid the restitution in May, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Nickerson was indicted in January by a federal grand jury in Casper, Wyo. The case was moved to Maine at her request.

Nickerson stole cash from Yellowstone National Park when she worked there in the summer of 2007.

Her job included receiving envelopes containing cash that had been collected at entrance booths around Yellowstone, according to the prosecution version of events to which she pleaded guilty. Nickerson, along with other employees, was responsible for counting and recording cash receipts and depositing the money.

She diverted $3,129 in cash by concealing the envelope containing the money with other paperwork on her desk, and then by carrying the cash away from the office, according to court documents. Nickerson also put two envelopes, one containing $3,975 and another with $325, in a trash can, later removing the trash can from the counting area.

Information about why she took the money was not in court documents.

Nickerson faced up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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