Monday, April 21, 2008

Thief's £100,000 stamp collection on eBay

One of Britain's leading philatelists is to put his stamp collection on eBay to pay back £70,000 he plundered from church funds reports Tom Peterkin on Britain's Telegraph website.

Peterkin writes, "Derek Klein, one of the country's top five stamp dealers, is to sell his 100,000-strong collection of first day covers, including stamps marking George V's silver jubilee, George VI's silver wedding and England's 1966 World Cup victory."

He goes on to say, "Klein, an accountant, suggested putting the collection on the internet site after admitting stealing £70,000 from two parishes in Norfolk over a period of more than 20 years."

"Klein, a former church treasurer, has already spent 16 months in jail for siphoning off church donations and money raised at fêtes. He took the money to feed an internet gambling addiction and his obsession with stamps," according to the article.

Shown above are some of the covers in Derek Klein’s collection

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