History museum volunteer charged with scheme to steal historical documents

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man with access to documents of historical value is charged with a scheme to take and sell them across state lines.

Officials say they uncovered the scheme after Daniel Witek, 52, attempted to cross state lines with stolen documents by famous Buffalo entrepreneur Anson Conger Goodyear. Witek, a volunteer with the Buffalo History Museum, allegedly devised the scheme to steal documents before offering them to a New Jersey autograph dealer.

A host of 14 local, state and federal police agencies worked together investigate the alleged crime before finding enough evidence to present it to a grand jury.

Witek stands charged with three counds of mail fraud and one count of interstate transportation of stolen goods. If found guilty, he could face a maximum penalty of 70 years behind bars.

Following his arraignment, police released Witek. He’ll return to court at a later date.

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