Historian Charged In Federal Court With Theft Of Government Records From The National Archives

June 15, 2017
Antonin Dehays during a PBS NewsHour story on teachers and students retracing the lives of those who died at Normandy.

Antonin Dehays during a PBS NewsHour story on teachers and students retracing the lives of those who died at Normandy.

Antonin DeHays, age 32, of College Park, Maryland, a historian, was charged by federal criminal complaint on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, with theft of government records from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

The complaint was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning and Assistant Inspector General for Investigations Jason Metrick of the National Archives and Records Administration – Office of Inspector General.

Archivist of the United States David Ferriero stated, “The theft of our history should anger any citizen, but as a veteran I am shocked at allegations that a historian would show such disregard for records and artifacts documenting those captured or killed in World War II. Although we have increased our security measures in recent years, this case highlights the constant threat our records and artifacts face and why the security of the holdings of the National Archives is my highest priority.”

According to the affidavit filed in support of the complaint, between in or about October 2015 and on or about June 9, 2017, DeHays, a historian, repeatedly visited the National Archives at College Park, Maryland, and stole dog tags and other documents belonging to U.S. servicemen whose planes had crashed during World War II. DeHays sold the stolen dog tags on eBay. In addition, on at least one occasion, DeHays gave a stolen dog tag assigned to a Tuskegee Airman to a museum in Virginia, in exchange for an opportunity to sit inside a Spitfire airplane.

On June 9, 2017, investigators executed a federal search warrant at DeHays’s residence and seized six dog tags and other documents that had been stolen from National Archives at College Park.

If convicted, DeHays faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison. An initial appearance was held for DeHays in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt on June 13, 2017.

A complaint is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by complaint is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

NARA Inspector General James Springs thanked all of the federal employees involved in this investigation, stating “Thefts from the Archives are thefts of history. We will work tirelessly to find those who would try to steal any record from the American people.”

Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended NARA – Office of Inspector General for their work in the investigation. Mr. Schenning also thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Nicolas A. Mitchell and Arun G. Rao, who are prosecuting the case.

Antonin Dehays during a PBS NewsHour story on teachers and students retracing the lives of those who died at Normandy.

Antonin Dehays during a PBS NewsHour story on teachers and students retracing the lives of those who died at Normandy.

7 Responses to Historian Charged In Federal Court With Theft Of Government Records From The National Archives

  1. Anonymous on June 15, 2017 at 9:28 am

    What a true POS. someone who claims to be a historian then goes and destroys the records and documents he is supposed to care so deeply about for a small profit. I hope they make an example out of him and send him to prison where he belongs. No honesty, no integrity, and no morals. He is no better then a common thief grave robber.

  2. Sean H. on June 15, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    As a history major and someone who has been seeking a job in the history community, this MAKES ME SICK. It is not only disrespectful to the organization he was employed by, but it also dishonors the soldiers he tried to literally sell down the river. History does not belong to one person, it belongs to the world and to treat it in such a disrespectful way is inexcusable.

  3. smh on June 15, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    sure are al ot of haters in the comments section. i dont know when it became cool to start hatin in ppl just cuz they are making money. sounds like a jealousy prohlem if you ask me. i dont waste my time hatin on ppl who is just making a come up. he also got the fresh jacket doe

    • Anonymous on June 19, 2017 at 8:23 am

      There is a difference between making money and stealing. Most intelligent people know this. Judging by your post I can tell you are not intelligent. Between the poor spelling and you thinking 2 posts equals “al ot” of haters I don’t even know what to say. Maybe you are also a POS thief like the gentlemen in the article.

  4. Ben Matlock on June 15, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Maybe he is one of those liberals who wants to rewrite history by removing any record of it.

    • MarineVet on June 19, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      My thoughts exactly!!!!

  5. lls on June 19, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    ha u just a hater. and it dont matter cuz you can steal to make money and you can make money by stealing so its the same thing DUMAZZZZ. PS i bet you aint gettin paid to leave these comments so ur broke AND STUPID. LLS.

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