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Intern Admits Thefts From U.S. Archives
McTague pleaded guilty to one federal count of stealing government property. He could receive up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced July 12, but federal sentencing guidelines call for much less.
Paul Brachfeld, inspector general for the National Archives, said the documents are invaluable and getting them back was not easy, especially since some had been sold overseas.
Guilty plea in theft on historic scale
Brachfeld, who investigated the theft of terrorism-related documents by President Bill Clinton's national security adviser Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger, said his small staff watches over 37 facilities that have 3,000 employees and billions of records.
He was glad to get some help from Dean Thomas and his brother, Jim, in Gettysburg. Dean Thomas said his brother originally pointed him to the document that led him to call authorities.
"They are the real heroes. They are exactly what we are looking for: People who because of their knowledge of historic federal records can identify those that have gone into the public domain, that have been stolen," Brachfeld said. "Then we can prosecute those responsible. We need people to contact us, to be our American sentinels."