Woman to Plead Guilty in $3M Ben Franklin Bust Theft | NBC 10 Philadelphia

Woman to Plead Guilty in $3M Ben Franklin Bust Theft

Housekeeper stole bust in hopes that her former employer would get fired, say investigators



    Lower Merion police

    A housekeeper plans to plead guilty to a federal charge in the case of a $3 million bust of Benjamin Franklin that was taken from a Main Line home.

    Court documents show that Andrea Lawton, 46, of Mobile, Ala. agreed to plead guilty to interstate transportation of stolen property for allegedly fleeing with the valuable Franklin bust to Alabama in August. Prosecutors allege she had made plans to sell the bust.

    Police said Lawton told investigators that she stole the bust from the home in Bryn Mawr because she was told it was valuable and wanted to get her boss fired.

    She was arrested in Elkton, Md. where she planned to sell the bust for $500,000, according to court records.

    Defense attorney Martin Isenberg says his client made a mistake. A second charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

    Isenberg says the bust was damaged, but there is debate over how much it is worth.

    Lawton could get up to 10 years behind bars and have to pay more than $500,000 when she is sentenced in March, according to federal prosecutors.