Published: February 12, 2008
(AP) †Documents penned during the Civil War and others to and from Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt are among hundreds of stolen documents sold online that eBay is agreeing to buy back and return to New York State’s archives, a state official said.
The online auction giant has no liability in the sale of the stolen artifacts on eBay, but the company has voluntarily agreed to buy them back at the sale prices and return the documents to New York, according to the official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because not all details of the investigation have been announced.
In January, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s investigation found about 200 documents were stolen and sold in the last two years. But checking through the buyer and seller comments in those sales revealed another 200 documents had been sold in the previous two years, according to the official.
The total cost of rebuying the documents is estimated at $68,000.
The official said the buyers appear not to have known the documents were stolen and so would not face criminal charges.
A suspect is charged in the case.
There was no immediate comment from eBay.
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