Presidential historian indicted on federal charges

A federal grand jury indicted a presidential historian and his assistant for stealing and selling historical documents from museums in New York and Baltimore.

Initial appearances for the pair were scheduled Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The two are already facing state charges in Baltimore, where bail was set Tuesday at $500,000 for presidential historian 63-year-old Barry Landau and $750,000 for his 24-year-old assistant Jason Savedoff ((SA-veh-dof).

The men were arrested July 9 after a Maryland Historical Society employee saw Savedoff take a document out of the society’s Baltimore library.

Federal prosecutors say the two are also accused of stealing and selling documents from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in New York and stealing a Benjamin Franklin letter from the New York Historical Society.

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