Crimes & Criminals

Pelham NH to Hold Library Director's Job While He's Incarcerated

Strange but true...librarian convicted for major theft in one state, Massachusetts, will return to his more recent position in another, New Hampshire after his sentence has been served.

Robert Rice Jr., 46, was sentenced yesterday to six months behind bars for stealing more than $200,000 when he was the director of Revere Public Library.

Rice was sentenced in Superior Court in Boston on 18 felony charges for taking money from 2005 to 2009, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.

Rice pleaded guilty to fraud and embezzlement charges as part of a plea bargain. He bought numerous items under the pretense they were for the Revere library, but then kept or sold them.

Shortly after resigning in 2009 while under fire in Revere, Rice took the position in Pelham.

Francis Garboski, chairman of the Pelham Library trustees, said yesterday Rice's job is still safe.

"His position will be held until he gets back," Garboski said. "The decision is up to him when he wants to come back."

Library Director Resigns

Library Director David Farrar has resigned

East Baton Rouge Parish library director David Farrar resigned Thursday, saying in an email to library board members and staff that the “negative focus on the library system over the past several days has made the work of the library a difficult task.”

His tenure came to an end amid revelations of a 15-year-old case in Alabama in which he was accused of sexual abuse and impersonating a peace officer. He was acquitted of the sexual abuse charges but convicted on the impersonating charge, for which he received a three-year suspended sentence. -- Read More

Former library employee accused of stealing $800K

Former Saugus library employee accused of stealing $800K
A Saugus secretary was booked today by the FBI on charges she stole $800,000 from her town’s public library — half of which, investigators allege, she tricked General Electric’s charitable foundation into donating — and blew the money on jewelry and car and mortage payments

Not All "Books For Charity" Go To Charity

For-profit book recycler behind popular donation program sells many of the books received.

Full story at Marketplace.org

Excerpt from story: The bins worry Cady because he helps run Prescott Library's used bookshop. It raises thousands of dollars for library programs by selling donated books. Like many Friends of Library groups around the country, Cady worries the bins are siphoning off donations that normally would come to them.

Cracking Down On Overdue Materials

Mark Gillespie of The Plain Dealer writes that libraries across Cuyahoga County are turning to collection firms to recover materials as that is claimed to impact budgets more than outright theft of materials.

To put the location in context, Cuyahoga County is home to the Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Cleveland Public Library which rank among the largest public library systems in the US. The corporate offices of Overdrive are located in the service territory of Cuyahoga County Public Library. A report by the Ohio Department of Development is available as a PDF file [CAUTION: Direct link to PDF] that speaks more to the socio-economic background of the community.

Judge slaps library peeper with a year behind bars

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Cumming man has been sentenced to serve one year behind bars for peeping over women's bathroom stalls at the Suwanee public library.

Last month, a Gwinnett jury ruled 67-year-old Bernard Lindsey peeped on a female library patron over bathroom stalls in October 2009. Lindsey's attorney argued the library regular had wandered into the women's facilities on accident and peeked over the stall only when he heard a woman in the room.

More at link:

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/2011/oct/03/judge-slaps-library-peeper-with-a-year-beh...

UK Display of Defaced Dustjackets by Playwright Joe Orton & Kenneth Halliwell

As crimes go it was not the most heinous of offences, but Islington council's principal law clerk, Sidney Porrett, made it his mission to nab the perpetrators.

"I had to catch these two monkeys," he said. "They were a couple of darlings, make no mistake."

The darlings in question were the playwright Joe Orton and his boyfriend – later murderer – Kenneth Halliwell, and the crimes were taking library books and returning them with comedy collages on the dustjackets.

After a fruitless investigation that involved undercover librarians, Porrett eventually caught the pair in an elaborate sting operation and they went to jail for six months each.

From Friday, the story of their crimes will be retold by the council, which is putting on display 40 of the 72 dustjackets that the pair defaced.

Islington's local history manager, Mark Aston, said it was the first time the jackets – "they're of international interest I'd say" – had gone on show in this number in the same place, and they shined a light on two fascinating lives and characters. More on Orton's short but dramatic life here.

Piece from Guardian UK.

NYC Village Book Seller Busts Library Thief

A serial thief who repeatedly stole books from the New York Public Library and sold them to unwitting downtown stores was busted after a furious shopkeeper laid a trap for him, The New York Post has learned.

Andrew Hansen -- who is banned from the library -- saw his criminal career come to a thrilling end in the East Village Monday night as he tried to off-load a batch of ill-gotten goods.

Donald Davis, owner of East Village Books at 99 St. Marks Place, said he had been fooled by Hansen, 27, before and was prepared this time around.

“He walks in. I had gone to dinner. My friend was watching the store for me, [and] he called me on my cellphone,” Davis recalled yesterday. “We had a code set up so that he would say, ‘Where’s my delivery?’ Then I knew the guy was there.”

When he got back to his shop, Davis confronted Hansen, who has a lengthy rap sheet.

“He would tear all the labels off of them so it would look like they were not from the library, [but] there were remnants of the stickers that used to be on the books,” said Davis, adding that the books were mostly graphic novels that go for up to $40 each.

“He starts to move to the door. He wants to get out, and he’s trying to leave. I said, ‘You’re not going anywhere. The police are on their way!’ ” Davis recalled.

Cops find thousands of stolen library items in DuPage apartment

Cops find thousands of stolen library items in DuPage apartment
A man with an extensive criminal record faces trial for theft, after police reported finding thousands of items in his apartment he apparently stole from area public library districts to sell over the Internet.

Mark Twain House Employee Embezzled One Million Over Eight Years

An employee of the Mark Twain House and Museum in West Hartford, Conn., has admitted in court to embezzling $1 million from the organization that maintains the author's historic home. The Mark Twain House, like the homes of some of America's other best-known writers, has faced financial difficulties. Most, however, were not systematically plundered. Report from LA Times Jacket Copy.

Longtime (and now former) staffer Donna Gregory regularly raided the organization's coffers for eight years; she pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and filing a false tax return, Reuters reports.

According to court documents, Gregory submitted false information over the Internet to the Mark Twain House payroll vendor between 2002 and 2010. The misinformation allowed additional pay to which she was not entitled to be deposited into her bank account, classified as payroll advances.

She then adjusted the ledgers to cover up the advances by reclassifying the amounts as utilities, maintenance and similar items. She also falsified the Mark Twain House's bank statements to hide the advances, authorities said. Gregory used the Mark Twain House's check-writing system to write checks payable to herself and forged her supervisor's signatures on those checks, authorities said.

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