I wrote last week (at http://goo.gl/8uahX) that sixty-four-year-old Barry Landau was sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the theft of more than 4,000 rare historical documents written by Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx and Franklin D. Roosevelt, among others. It seems that Landau had a younger accomplice who now faces a jail term for his role in the thefts.
Jason Savedoff, a 25-year-old former Vancouver, British Columbia, resident and McGill University student, pleaded guilty in November 2011 to carrying out the thefts with Landau.
Prosecutors characterized the 64-year-old Landau as the "organizer" and "leader" of the two. But Savedoff was arrested last July at the Baltimore headquarters of the Maryland Historical Society, while in possession of dozens of pilfered documents worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. At the time of his arrest, Savedoff was said to have been trying to flush a document down a library toilet after an archivist became suspicious of his activities and called police.
Savedoff is expected to be sentenced within a week or two.
Details may be found in an article by Randy Boswell in the Canada.com web site at http://goo.gl/oXk6J.
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