Newspapers today are carrying articles about two Maryland men who allegedly schemed to defraud almost $1 million from the National Archives. It is interesting as it involves the largest repository of genealogical records although I do not see any direct link here to genealogical or historical items stored at the agency. It appears to be a simple case of two con men out to defraud a government agency.
James C. Whitson, 42, of Nottingham and Robert C. McCray, 41, of Silver Spring were charged with theft of government property and conspiracy. The indictment seeks the forfeiture of $958,280, including two vehicles owned by McCray. The indictment alleges that Whitson used his position as an employee at the facility to pay three companies operated by McCray for goods and services that were never provided or to pay at inflated prices.
You can read more in the Baltimore Sun at http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-archives0824,0,2154613.story as well as in numerous other newspapers.