Man Given 8 Years for ‘Handling’ Stolen Shakespeare Folio

August 2, 2010

UK (ChattahBox) – A man who worked as an antique dealer in England has been sentenced to 8 years in prison after he was found guilty of handling a stolen Shakespeare folio that has been missing since 1998.

The original resting place was in Durham University, where the folio dating back to the 1600’s was kept. It was considered one of the most important literary treasures in existence.

But in 1998 it was stolen, and Raymond Scott, originally from the area, kept it in his home in the United States for ten years, where it suffered extensive damage.

He tried to sell it several times, in order to impress a woman in Cuba, and planned on giving some of the money to her and others in the country.

But experts suspected the damaged folio had been stolen when approached as buyers, and they reported Scott to authorities, before he eventually turned himself. He offered no defense at trial.

Scott was an unemployed man living with his mother, the BBC reports, and he had a long history of criminal offenses having to do with fraud and theft stretching back to 1977.

He has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for handling and attempting to sell the stolen goods.


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