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Three U.S. Secret Service Special Agents Awarded for Key Contributions to Aggravated Identify Theft Case

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U.S. Secret Service Media Relations
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BALTIMORE – Today, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland recognized U.S. Secret Service special agents Matthew Ott, Rahul Vinayak and Emily Zagone for their key contributions to an investigation leading to the arrest and prosecution of Nicholas White for aggravated identify theft.

The investigative team included notable interagency collaboration between Secret Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Baltimore County Police Department. Their combined efforts resulted in the sentencing of Nicholas White to eight years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release following his conviction on charges of conspiracy to steal mail, emergency benefits fraud and aggravated identify theft. White additionally was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $29,234, the full amount of his victims’ losses.

“The critical expertise and support these special agents brought to this investigation ultimately contributed to ensuring victims were afforded justice in the full return of their losses following this egregious violation of their privacy and personal information,” said U.S. Secret Service Baltimore Special Agent in Charge Robert Keane. “The public can be assured that the Baltimore field office and the entire Secret Service remain at the forefront of the fight against cyber-enabled financial crimes, including identity theft, as we commit unceasingly to protecting the country’s financial infrastructure.”

The Secret Service investigative mission charges the agency to protect the nation’s financial infrastructure and maintain a safe environment for the American people to conduct financial transactions through the investigation of complex cyber-enabled financial crimes.