Ex-state worker admits to stealing artifacts

Wednesday, August 6, 2008
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— A former state worker has pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny, admitting he stole hundreds of valuable artifacts from the New York State Library and Archives.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says the investigation recovered more than 1,600 items.

In Albany County Court, 54-year-old Daniel Lorello of Rensselaer admitted stealing artifacts since 1997. He faces two to six years in prison at sentencing Oct. 1. He must also pay $73,000 in restitution to buyers who later returned stolen property and forfeit seized items and his private book collection.

Cuomo says the archives specialist sold some items on eBay and traded others at collectors’ shows. A Virginia man alerted authorities after an 1823 letter was offered on eBay.

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