PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A former National Archives employee admitted Wednesday he stole dozens of historical documents, including presidential pardons signed by Abraham Lincoln and slave trade materials.
Shawn P. Aubitz, 45, of Morrisville, pleaded guilty to a single charge of theft by a government employee. He could get up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at his sentencing in June.
Aubitz had worked at the National Archives and Records Administration in Philadelphia for 14 years. Prosecutors said he took the documents between 1996 and 1999 simply by putting them in his briefcase.
Aubitz sold the documents to collectors, using the money -- more than $200,000 -- for personal expenses and credit card debt, authorities said.
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