Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
HSI New York Deputy Special Agent in Charge Glenn Sorge speaks at the repatriation ceremony of five antique Ancient Greece coins with Ambassador of Greece to the U.S. Christos Panagopoulos and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.
New York, NY
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On Jan. 3, 2012, HSI New York and HSI Attaché Rome arrested Arnold Peter Weiss, 54, at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. At the time of his arrest, Weiss, a Rhode Island resident, believed himself to be in possession of two stolen dekadrachma from Agrigento, Sicily. Under Italian law, the removal of any artifacts discovered in the region after 1909 is prohibited by the country's cultural heritage and protection laws. Weiss, however, believed the stolen coins to be worth millions of dollars, and planned to trade them at a New York auction.