A 31-year-old man from East Alton has admitted mutilating or destroying military draft records while working for a genealogy research website. Peter Panouzis pleaded guilty in federal court in St. Louis Tuesday to tearing up and hiding the World War Two-era Selective Service records while he was working for Ancestry.com at the National Archives in St. Louis.
He was hired to digitally copy the documents, which also included draft registration cards and their attachments. Investigators say instead of scanning and digitizing the records, he mutilated or destroyed the records of at least 50 people over a two-day period last March. Most of the records were able to be reconstructed. Panouzis could face punishment ranging from probation to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced in December.