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02/10/2017
Albuquerque, NM
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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According to the indictment, from March 2014 through October 2015, the four defendants conspired to violate the IACA by displaying and offering for sale jewelry manufactured in the Philippines in a manner that suggested that it was Indian-produced and the product of American Indian tribes.

05/27/2016
Alexandria, VA
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations

Three individuals – Ijaz Khan, 42, and Vera Lautt, 56, both of Sante Fe, New Mexico, and Ibrar Khan, of Pakistan – face charges for conspiracy to defraud the United States and naturalizing and procuring U.S. citizenship by fraud. Ijaz Khan, along with Fahad Khan, of Pakistan, face additional charges, including smuggling artifacts from Pakistan into the United States and obstructing justice.

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."
11/17/2014
Bogota, Colombia
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The pre-Columbian artifacts include three bowls and three goblets that are from the area near the Colombia-Ecuador border and are from between 800-1500AD. CBP officers in Miami seized the artifacts after they were identified during a routine air cargo inspection. The artifacts were later turned over to the HSI Bogota Attaché for repatriation.
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.
04/19/2017
Boston, MA
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Boston Public Library repatriated several items of significant cultural value to the government of Italy at a ceremony Wednesday at the Boston Public Library. Included among these items were a 14th century manuscript, an illuminated page from a 15th century manuscript, nearly 200 ancient Roman coins and a book from the personal library of a 14th century Archbishop in Sicily.

05/10/2008
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
The cache of fossils, including prehistoric pine cones and dinosaur eggs, was seized two years ago by ICE agents at a gem and mineral show in Tucson, Ariz.
08/01/2011
Cairo, Egypt
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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"Egyptian archaeological sites, storerooms and other locations are under serious threats of pillage, theft and illicit trafficking. That's why U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) joined forces with the U.S. Embassy to Egypt to present a four-day workshop titled ""Countering Antiquities Trafficking at Egypt's Ports and Borders."""
10/14/2015
Cheyenne, WY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Charles Magovern, 67, of Boulder, Colorado, was sentenced in Wyoming federal court to one year supervised probation for smuggling paleontological specimens and aiding abetting. As part of an agreement made with the government, Magovern also returned all fossils under his control.
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.
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).
07/24/2015
Cleveland, OH
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The ancient coins were originally detained in March 2014 during a routine inspection at the Port of Cincinnati cargo facility by CBP officers before the investigation was turned over to HSI. The intended recipient told investigators the coins were of Middle Eastern origin based on information received from an overseas seller.
11/04/2016
Cleveland, OH
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The Master of Dominican Effigies, an important illuminator, created an illuminated manuscript known as Codex D sometime between 1335 and 1345. Codex D, essentially a type of hymnal, is parchment with leather binding and contained seven illuminated pages.

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.
08/03/2017
El Cajon, CA
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The day-long event, hosted by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation in close collaboration with special agents from HSI’s San Diego office, began with a traditional tribal opening ceremony led by Cody J. Martinez, chairman of the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation. Symposium organizers believe the session is a crucial step toward developing longstanding partnerships that will serve to broaden protections for cultural artifacts on tribal and public lands in San Diego and Imperial counties.

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.
03/04/2019
Fargo, ND
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations

U.S. District Court Judge Linda R. Reade sentenced Michael Adefemi Adeyemo, aka Adekunle Olufemi Adetiloye, 47, to serve 10 years in federal prison, which is the statutory maximum for obstruction of justice under federal law. Adeyemo is a citizen of Nigeria who was living in Canada when he was extradited to the United States.

04/06/2017
Florence, Italy
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The two-day meeting, which was held March 30-31, centered on the theme “Culture as a Tool for Dialogue among Peoples.” The event brought together officials from Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Japan and the United States, to discuss the preservation and protection of cultural heritage, and the fight against trafficking of artistic and historic items.

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.
04/01/2015
Honolulu, HI
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Representatives from the Honolulu Museum of Art Wednesday transferred seven rare antiquities to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) after an ongoing international smuggling probe by HSI determined the objects had likely been looted from India and brought to the U.S. illegally.
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.
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.
12/09/2014
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Assistant Secretary Bersin signed the Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), two DHS agencies responsible for enforcing U.S. customs laws.
12/16/2015
Los Angeles, CA
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Jonathan M. Markell, 70, the owner of Silk Roads Design Gallery (which previously was located on North La Brea Avenue and now operates in the Jefferson Park district of Los Angeles), was sentenced Monday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson, who called Markell's crimes "significant."

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