Massachusetts man pleads guilty in old diary theft

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Posted: Nov 19, 2014 8:24 AM

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to using another person's identity to sell a 17th century diary stolen from Boston's Old South Church.

Michael Ford pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court.

Prosecutors say the diary, written by James Hull in the 1600s, was stolen from a display case in the church in 2008. In August of that year, a man sold the diary to a Cambridge book store for $750, using the driver's license of another man as identification. Within 40 minutes of the transaction, Ford had the check and the driver's license and, using the license as identification, cashed the check at a bank.

The store resold the diary for $40,000, but it has since been returned to the church.

The 66-year-old Ford faces up to five years in prison.