Posted on 06/22/2020 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The two men convicted of stealing over $8 million worth of material from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh were sentenced last week to home detention and probation.

They avoided prison time partly because of the COVID-19 epidemic, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

John Schulman, the owner of Caliban Book Shop, was sentenced to four years of home confinement with electronic monitoring and twelve years of probation; he must also pay over $55,000 more in restitution.

Greg Priore, an archivist who ran Carnegie Library’s rare-book room, received three years of home confinement with electronic monitoring and twelve years of probation.

The judge also forbade both men from profiting from the case through books, movies, radio shows, or other storytelling methods.

Carnegie Library staff discovered the decades-long scheme in April 2017; though the rare books, maps, plates, and prints lost were valued at $8 million, insurance only reimbursed the library $6.57 million.

You can read more about the sentencing as well as which items were recovered — and which haven’t been — in the Post-Gazette.

Categories: Today in Books

Tagged As: Libraries, Scandal

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