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WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge in Maryland has sentenced a former government employee to 18 months in prison for stealing thousands of recordings from the National Archive and selling many on eBay.

Leslie Charles Waffen was sentenced Thursday in Greenbelt, Md. Waffen spent more than 40 years working for the National Archives and Records Administration, the country's most important repository of historical records. He pleaded guilty to theft of government property in October.

The man who noticed the theft and helped capture the thief is a retired radio engineer from Connecticut, J. David Goldin. Goldin spotted on eBay a record he'd donated to the archive in the 1970s, setting off an investigation.

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