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06/12/2013
Wilmington, DE
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Federal officials and representatives from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington announced the seizure of a long-lost diary kept by a close confidant of Adolph Hitler.
05/20/2013
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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At a ceremony today at the Bulgarian Consulate in New York, ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) returned 546 ancient coins to Bulgarian Ambassador Elena Poptodorova.
05/09/2013
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
In addition to a Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton previously forfeited to the United States and successfully repatriated by ICE to the Mongolian government May 6 by ICE Director John Morton, ICE has recovered additional dinosaur fossils the agency plans to return to the Government of Mongolia.
05/05/2013
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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ICE returned a Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton, looted from the Gobi Desert and illegally smuggled into the United States, to the government of Mongolia Monday during a repatriation ceremony at a Manhattan hotel. The Bataar was seized in New York by ICE's HSI special agents after it sold at a Manhattan auction for $1.05 million.
04/16/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) returned a 16th century tapestry, stolen in 1979 from a church, to the government of Spain Wednesday at a repatriation ceremony at the Spanish ambassador's residence in Washington.
04/04/2013
Houston, TX
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The ivory statues are now in the care and custody of the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
04/03/2013
Salt Lake City, UT
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
A federal grand jury indicted four defendants Wednesday on charges of smuggling Peruvian artifacts and interstate transportation of stolen property following an undercover probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
02/11/2013
Detroit, MI
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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James Amato, 50, of Oxford, Mich., was arrested without incident at his residence after being charged in a federal arrest warrant with making false statements, transportation of stolen goods and for the sale or receipt of stolen goods.
01/07/2013
Toledo, OH
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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A rare Etruscan black-figure kalpis, which has been traced back to 510 B.C., will be returned to the Italian government following a transfer ceremony Tuesday at the Toledo Museum of Art.
12/28/2012
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Eric Prokopi pleaded guilty Dec. 27 to engaging in a scheme to illegally import into the United States numerous dinosaur fossils that had been smuggled out of their native country. This guilty plea resulted from an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
12/21/2012
Newark, NJ
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Four men, including two New Jersey residents, were arrested Thursday and charged with conspiring to sell seven stolen firearms believed to have belonged to the family of Saddam Hussein, the late Iraqi president.
12/19/2012
Baghdad, Iraq
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad hosted a delegation of nine American subject matter experts in the fields of federal law enforcement, justice and cultural heritage protection including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, from Dec. 17 to 20 at a training conference on "Countering Antiquities Trafficking."
12/06/2012
Houston, TX
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The government of Spain requested assistance to seize the property.
12/04/2012
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Today, special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), seized a 14th century A.D. bronze Parvati statue and four bronze Tamil Nadu figures, estimated as a group to be worth more than $5 million.
10/24/2012
El Paso, TX
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) returned more than 4,000 pieces of stolen and looted cultural artifacts to the government of Mexico at a repatriation ceremony today at the Consulate of Mexico in El Paso, Texas.
10/24/2012
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized two antique statues Oct. 23 from a Manhattan hotel. These statues were seized as part of an ongoing HSI Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Program investigation into Subhash Kapoor, an alleged dealer of stolen antiquities.
10/16/2012
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Fossils include a Tyrannosaurus dinosaur skeleton from Mongolia.
07/26/2012
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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HSI special agents at John F. Kennedy International Airport first learned of the stolen Nok statues in April 2010 after receiving information from French customs officials.
07/26/2012
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents seized several sandstone and bronze statues.
07/22/2012
Frankfurt, Germany
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The HSI Frankfurt attache and the U.S. ambassador to Germany participated in a repatriation ceremony with the director of the Potsdam Sanssouci Museum.
07/11/2012
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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ICE returned 14 stolen and looted cultural paintings and artifacts to the government of Peru at a repatriation ceremony in Washington, D.C. The items were recovered in five separate investigations by special agents of ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New York; West Virginia; Wilmington, Delaware; and Austin and Houston, Texas.
06/21/2012
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur was forfeited today to ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). This action stems from an investigation by HSI and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. The skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Bataar dinosaur was looted from the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.
06/17/2012
Cleveland, OH
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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A rare Etruscan black-figure kalpis which has been traced back to 510 B.C. will be returned to the Italian government following an agreement between the United States and the Toledo Museum of Art. The arrangement comes after an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
04/25/2012
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Seven stolen and looted objects of Italian cultural heritage will soon be on their way back to Italy, following a ceremony Thursday in which U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano officially returned the antiquities to Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero at the Embassy of Italy in Washington.
04/18/2012
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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An antiquities dealer, Mousa Khouli, pleaded guilty Wednesday to smuggling Egyptian cultural property into the United States and making a false statement to law enforcement authorities.

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