A longtime National Archives employee took a large number of pardons from the Philadelphia offices and later pleaded guilty to theft and served a federal prison sentence. But many of the pardons had disappeared into a black market before the worker was charged, said former FBI agent Bob Wittman, who cracked the case. "This man’s job is to protect this material, and here he is taking it," Wittman said. Thefts of historical records are often “inside jobs” executed by employees or patrons with close ties to the organization holding the documents, Wittman said.
Anyone with tips or information to share with federal investigators should email MissingDocuments@nara.gov.
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