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TRAVEL CHIEF IN WHITE HOUSE MAY FACE COUNT

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Federal prosecutors are expected to seek an embezzlement indictment against the chief of the White House travel office, his attorney told The New York Times.

Billy R. Dale, head of the travel office since 1982, may be charged with stealing $69,000 that news organizations paid for presidential trips, said his lawyer, Steven C. Tabackman, the newspaper said.Dale began working at the White House in 1957, but the charges are likely to focus on the time between 1988 and 1992, when he is accused of pocketing $14,000 and depositing $55,000 of travel-office money into his personal checking account to pay for vacation property and a boat, the paper reported.

Tabackman said Dale, 57, will plead not guilty, and that his defense will center on a careful examination of the White House travel office scandal of 1993.