May 7th, 2012
02:16 AM ET

Historian guilty of stealing documents worth millions to learn fate

A self-styled historian who claimed to have moved among presidential circles is expected to be sentenced Monday after he pleaded guilty to stealing historical documents worth well over a million dollars.

Barry Landau, 63, of New York admitted guilt in a Baltimore federal court in February to charges of conspiracy and theft of historical documents.

Prosecutors said he stole from museums in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

After Landau was arrested in July, a search of his New York home turned up more than 10,000 documents.

More than 4,000 have been traced to items taken from libraries and repositories.

The documents include signatures of George Washington, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt.

Other documents were signed by Marie Antoinette, Napoleon Bonaparte, Karl Marx and Sir Isaac Newton.

Laundau and a young researcher, Jason Savedoff, 24, admitted visiting numerous museums with the intent to steal valuable documents during 2010 and 2011.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Clever guy, till he messed up!
    How much does he want for the Marie Antoinette autograph?

    May 7, 2012 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. **cosmicVox *

    ...This is just WRONG !! He's History now!!

    May 7, 2012 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    He signed signed life away.

    May 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |