Wiggin and Dana Partner David L. Hall, Former Federal Prosecutor, Helps Recover Stolen Columbus Letter
One such printed copy of the Columbus letter was held in the Biblioteca Riccardiana in Florence, Italy. In 2012, then federal prosecutor and current Wiggin and Dana partner David L. Hall and Homeland Security Special Agent Mark Olexa, received a tip that the copy in Florence was a forgery. Hall and Olexa traveled to Florence with a forensic expert to examine the questioned copy and determined that it was indeed a forgery. A very good forgery, but a forgery nonetheless. Hall and Olexa conducted further investigation and determined that the stolen letter was sold at auction in New York in 1992. The purchaser subsequently donated the Columbus letter to the U.S. Library of Congress. Hall, Olexa, and the forensic expert examined the letter in the Library of Congress and determined it was the letter stolen from the Biblioteca Riccardiana.
This week, the stolen Columbus letter was returned by the U.S. Ambassador to Italy to the Italian government.