Man admits to stealing, trying to sell documents from Buffalo History Museum

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Buffalo man has admitted to scheming to steal historical writings at the Buffalo History Museum.

According to federal prosecutors, Daniel Witek, 54, pleaded guilty to mail fraud, and could spend up to 20 years in jail.

While serving as a museum volunteer in the Spring of 2013, he came up with a scheme to take writings that were addressed to Anson Conger Goodyear.

Goodyear was the founder of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Those documents belonged to the museum, but Witek offered to sell them to autograph dealers in New York City and New Jersey.

When sentenced on the morning of Nov. 8, Witek may also be ordered to pay a $250,000 fine. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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