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Presidential Memorabilia Collector Gets Sentenced For Theft

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A presidential memorabilia collector who has acknowledged stealing thousands of rare documents from historical societies and archives nationwide is sentenced to prison, reports the Associated Press.

Barry Landau, 64, of New York, was caught stealing documents from the Maryland Historical Society in July 2011. An investigation found that Landau stole at least 6,500 items worth more than $1 million from archives around the country.

A number of the stolen documents are more than 100 years old, and some are worth more than $100,000. They include copies of speeches President Franklin D. Roosevelt read from during his three inaugurations, a land grant signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861 and letters written by scientist Isaac Newton, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and novelist Charles Dickens.

Landau is expected to turn himself in to prison authorities in August for his seven-year sentence, and when he gets out of prison, he will spend three years on probation.

As a special condition of his release, however, he won't be able to go to an archive or museum without the approval of his probation officer.

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