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02/26/2015
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations

Foster, along with HSI and Embassy Rome officials, visited several archeological sites in the Lazio Region. In a visit to Ceveteri, an ancient Etruscan archeological site that has been subjected to recent looting, the U.S. team observed a community effort to work with archaeologists to better excavate tombs before looters could remove the contents.

10/12/2011
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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"A painting stolen more than 90 years ago is finally on its way home to France. U.S. officials repatriated ""Une Fille de Pecheur"" (A Fisherman's Daughter) to French Ambassador Francois Delattre."
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.
06/17/2012
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).
09/06/2016
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Carnegie Museum of Natural History paleontologist Matt Lamanna played a key role in HSI’s investigation and ultimately identified the fossil as a kind of feathered predatory dinosaur. To highlight this case, the Chinese government loaned the fossil to the Carnegie Museum as a temporary part of their permanent dinosaur exhibit.

06/18/2015
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
The painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, called “Hannibal, or “The Basquiat” as well as a Roman Togatus statue, were returned to Brazil at a repatriation ceremony at the United States Attorney’s Office in New York City.
12/09/2016
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) repatriated a page from a 14th century manuscript and a 19th century Carelli painting to the government of Italy at a ceremony Friday at the Italian Embassy in Washington.

07/14/2011
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Three individuals are in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for their involvement in an international smuggling ring that imported cultural artifacts into the United States.
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.

05/12/2011
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Today, U.S. ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) returned a collection of cultural artifacts illegally imported into the United States from Peru. The artifacts were discovered as part of three separate investigations by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New York and Denver.
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.
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.

05/22/2008
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
The eight items, believed to be of ceremonial use, date back to 2000 B.C. from a civilization known as Bactria, located in modern-day Northern Afghanistan. This date and location identify them with what is called "the Bronze Age" of Bactria. They were the metal remnants of items that would have had handles of wood or bone: a spear, two axes, and dagger and knife blades.
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.
01/20/2011
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations

In 1961, the painting was loaned to the Musée Malraux in Le Havre in Normandy, France, but was stolen from the museum in December 1973. In October 2010, the Degas painting appeared in the Sotheby's New York catalogue for a pending auction of Impressionist and modern art.

09/29/2015
Paris, France
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The Centre Pomidou welcomed the 1911 Picasso painting “La Coiffeuse” home last week after a prolonged absence from the museum’s archives.
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.

10/20/2017
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced the return of a collection of the artifact to the Italian Republic during a repatriation ceremony attended by the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage, Activities, & Tourism Dario Franceschini, the Ambassador of Italy to the U.S. Armando Varricchio, the Consul General of Italy in New York, Francesco Genuardi, and HSI Acting Deputy Assistant Director Anthony Scandiffio.

04/07/2009
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
A rare chrome rifle with pearl handle grip and a small photograph of Saddam Hussein near the front sight was owned by the late dictator.
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.
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.
12/16/2015
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
The bataar skull, a fossil from the Cretaceous period, which ended approximately 65 million years ago, had been auctioned in Manhattan in 2007 after being unlawfully brought into the United States. The current owner of the bataar skull, having been informed of its origins and the circumstances of its importation into the United States, has consented to its forfeiture.
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.
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.

03/24/2010
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Bildnis in der Laube (Portrait in the Garden), a 1930 painting by Swiss artist Paul Klee, was reported stolen to the Art Loss Registry in 1989 and reported by an art gallery in Canada.

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