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08/03/2014
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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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.
07/21/2014
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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A ceremony was held at ICE headquarters in Washington to commemorate the MOU signing, the first of its kind between a U.S. agency and an agency from the Republic of Korea. The MOU was signed by ICE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas S. Winkowski and CHA Administrator Sun-hwa Rha.
07/09/2014
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The repatriation ceremony was conducted by James T. Hayes, special agent in charge of HSI New York; Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York; and Od Och, ambassador, permanent representative of Mongolia to the United Nations.
06/03/2014
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Joint efforts by the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, the U.S. Department of State, HSI and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York led to the voluntary return of three statues to Cambodia. All the statues will be on display to the public in the National Museum of Cambodia, reunited with their pedestals.
05/08/2014
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The painting, entitled "Composition abstraite [Abstract composition]" by Serge Poliakoff, once belonged to Brazilian banker Edemarcid Ferreira. He was the founder and former president of Banco Santos, and was convicted in Brazil of crimes against the national financial system and money laundering. In December 2006, Ferreira was sentenced in Brazil to 21 years in prison.
05/06/2014
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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At a May 7 ceremony in New York, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York were commemorated by the Kingdom of Cambodia Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Sok An and other representative from the Cambodian government for the return of the Duryodhana, a 10th century sandstone sculpture. Cambodian and U.S. officials were joined at the ceremony was by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and L'École Française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO).
04/24/2014
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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More than six decades after being removed during the Korean War, nine royal seals of the Korean Empire and Joseon Dynasty were repatriated Friday to Seoul, South Korea, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), coinciding with U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to that nation.
04/15/2014
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The 9-by-12 inch oil depicting Jesus ascending into heaven with the apostles kneeling below is painted on a wooden oval board and held in a silver and gold-plated frame.
02/27/2014
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Friday seized an ancient Roman marble sarcophagus lid featuring a high-relief sculpture of a sleeping woman from convicted antiquities dealer Gianfranco Becchina.
02/05/2014
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Shortly before his death in 1768, Seekatz created the painting. In December 1879, the National Museum in Warsaw received the painting from the Warsaw School of Fine Arts. In 1909, the Warsaw museum had the painting erroneously identified and listed as "St. Phillip Baptizes the Ethiopian Eunuch" by Dutch painter J.C. Saft.
01/26/2014
Tampa, FL
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Susan McCormick, special agent in charge of HSI Tampa, A. Lee Bentley III, acting U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida, and Adolfo Barattolo, the consul general for the Italian Consulate in Miami, participated in the repatriation ceremony.
01/20/2014
Boston, MA
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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HSI Boston Special Agent in Charge Bruce Foucart and Thomas W. Lentz, director of Harvard Art Museums, concluded a ceremony Tuesday at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., to mark the return of a $1.5 million jade censer stolen from the university more than 35 years ago.
01/13/2014
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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ICE HSI returned three recovered sculptures, valued at more than $1.5 million, to the government of India Tuesday during a repatriation ceremony at the consulate in New York City. One of the objects -- a 350-pound sandstone sculpture stolen from an Indian temple in 2009 - was listed as one of INTERPOL's top 10 most wanted stolen works of art.

01/01/2014
Cheyenne, WY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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John Richard Rolater, 69, pleaded guilty to the charge and also agreed to surrender any and all contraband vertebrate fossils he has, which include the following fossils from China: a saber-toothed cat skull, a Feilongus fossil, an Anchiornis Huxleyi fossil and a Darwinopterus fossil.
12/16/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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This historical document was seized by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents in Wilmington, Del., following an extensive investigation.
12/05/2013
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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HSI New York will coordinate the return of this stolen 2nd century B.C. Bharhut Stupa Yaksi pillar sculpture, valued at approximately $15 million, to India.
11/19/2013
Seoul, South Korea
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The cultural artifacts were turned over to HSI special agents by the family of a deceased Marine lieutenant, who had served in the Korean War. The lieutenant had found the seals in 1950 in a ditch near the Deoksugung Palace, which had just been ransacked by Chinese and North Korean soldiers.
11/04/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Returning a nation's looted cultural heritage or stolen artwork protects the world's cultural heritage and knowledge of past civilizations. The Smithsonian Institution's Museum Conservation Institute provides HSI special agents with on-site training on how to handle, store, photograph and authenticate cultural property and works of art.
11/04/2013
Miami, FL
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
A Winter Park art gallery and owner were charged federally with obstruction of justice in connection with the importation of ancient Chinese artifacts that were interdicted at the Port of Miami.
09/08/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The vase is a 12.75-inch Roman oinochoe, or wine pitcher, from the 5th to 8th century A.D. Also returned were three 4-by-3.25-inch 5th century B.C. gold foil appliques depicting antelopes and two antique coiled gold ornaments from approximately the 17th century, weighing approximately one pound.
09/02/2013
Seoul, South Korea
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) returned a Hojo currency plate, looted from the Deoksu Palace in Seoul during the Korean War, to the government of South Korea during a repatriation ceremony.
07/28/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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A ceremonial sword, looted in 2003 from Saddam Hussein's personal office in Baghdad, was returned to the Republic of Iraq Monday by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
06/27/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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"Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Kabul assisted in the return of a late 19th century historic ""jezail"" rifle ammunition speed loader to the people of Afghanistan during a ceremony held June 2, at the Ministry of Information and Culture Rose Garden. "
06/23/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The Department of Justice today restrained the 1909 Pablo Picasso painting ""Compotier et tasse"" in response to an official request by the government of Italy for assistance in connection with its ongoing criminal investigation and prosecution of Gabriella Amati.
06/16/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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A letter written by famous Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was one of eight documents returned to the Russian Federation during a repatriation ceremony Thursday by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) at the Spaso House, a neoclassical style mansion and residence of every U.S. ambassador to Russia since 1933, in Moscow, June 13.

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