Men Plead Guilty in Pittsburgh Carnegie Library Rare Books Theft

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

From an article by Paula Reed Ward in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“The two men accused of taking more than $8 million worth of rare books and parts of books from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and then selling them to collectors pleaded guilty Monday to theft.

“Greg Priore, 63, of Oakland who worked as the sole archivist and manager of the the library’s rare book room, and John Schulman, 56, of Squirrel Hill, who owns Caliban Book Shop, will be sentenced by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Alexander P. Bicket on April 17.

“Advisory sentencing guidelines call for nine to 16 months incarceration in the standard range for a first-degree felony, although probation is recommended in the mitigating range.”

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Hope their assets have been confiscated as result of the criminal enterprise.


Grrr… it’s almost always insiders or “respected” researchers who get caught at this. I seem to recall that the Library of Congress or National Archives had a similar issue a few years ago.


Such a betrayal of trust when it is the archivist, not a random criminal from the outside world. Despicable!


These men are the lowest of the lowest and those that bought the books from them are right down there with them. The law needs to “throw the book at them” – not 9 to 16 months but make it 9 to 16 YEARS!


Wow! The Allegheny County District Attorney sent an encouraging message to white collar criminals everywhere with that weak-kneed plea deal. Let us hope that the sentencing judge has the courage to go beyond the sentencing guidelines.


The “purchasers” need to charged with theft, and made to return the property.


The 9 to 16 years sounds good to me.


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