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Thief of historic documents sentenced to prison

Thief of historic documents sentenced to prison

Disgraced collector Barry H. Landau was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in federal prison for stealing thousands of historic documents worth as much as $2.5 million from archives along the East Coast, including one in Baltimore, where the scheme unraveled last summer.

The 64-year-old Manhattan resident, who for years fooled celebrities and political players into believing he had significant ties to the White House, was also ordered to pay $46,525 in restitution and to stay away from all archives and libraries after he is released.

"It's a very serious offense. We are discussing the theft of unique, irreplaceable parts of our nation's history," U.S. District...