Former FBI Special Agent Robert Wittman will speak at Neumann University on Thursday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Fred P. Meagher Theatre in the Thomas A. Bruder Jr. Life Center. Wittman will be on hand to sign his book Priceless, in the Great Hall from 4-4:30 p.m and also after the talk has finished.
Wittman joined the FBI as a special agent in 1988 and was assigned to the Philadelphia Field Division. As a result of specialized training in art, antiques, jewelry, and gem identification, he served as the FBI’s investigative expert in this field. During his 20-year career with the FBI he recovered more than $300 million worth of stolen art and cultural property resulting in the prosecution and conviction of numerous individuals. In 2005 he was instrumental in the creation of the FBI’s rapid deployment Art Crime Team.
Wittman has represented the United States around the world, conducting investigations and instructing international police and museum staff in investigation, recovery, and security techniques. Investigative highlights for Wittman include recovery of Native American Apache medicine man Geronimo’s eagle feather war bonnet valued at $1.2 million; investigating the theft at Pennsbury Manor, historical home of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, resulting in the first prosecution and convictions under the federal Theft of Major Artwork Statute and the recovery of more than 30 historical items valued at more than $100,000; and investigating the theft of five Norman Rockwell paintings valued at $1 million from a private Minneapolis Gallery recovered from a farmhouse in Brazil.
This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 610-361-5223.
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