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05/16/2011
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Five decorative, hand-carved human skulls were turned over to Indonesian authorities Monday during a ceremony at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
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.
02/10/2017
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.

05/10/2008
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.
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.
02/23/2011
Toledo, OH
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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"Investigation results in repatriation of the ""Nereid Sweetmeat Stand"" to Dresden State Art Collections"
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.
08/13/2015
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Fourteen years after its reported theft from a Paris museum, a Pablo Picasso painting will be returned to France. The repatriation of “La Coiffeusse” follows an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) as a part of Operation Toile.
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.

12/02/2009
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
A Corinthian column krater, left, and a Pompeii wall panel fresco, stolen from Italy and recovered by ICE in New York, were returned to the Italian government in a ceremony.
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.
10/16/2012
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Fossils include a Tyrannosaurus dinosaur skeleton from Mongolia.
10/21/2014
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Items returned included two Colonial-era Cusco paintings, a funerary vessel from 100-1532 A.D., a Chancay statue from 1200-1450 A.D., a Lambayeque-style vessel from 800-1300 A.D., and Incan artifacts looted from ancient Peruvian graves.
12/10/2015
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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HSI Cleveland and HSI New York worked jointly to investigate Eric Prokopi, of Florida, who later pleaded guilty to engaging in a scheme to illegally import dinosaur fossils. According to court documents and statements made in Manhattan federal court, Prokopi owned and ran a business out of his Florida home and is a self-described commercial paleontologist.
06/14/2018
Philadelphia, PA
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The letter, originally written in 1493, was stolen from the Vatican Library and later sold in 2004 for approximately $875,000. This is the third Christopher Columbus’ letter repatriation in the past two years.

03/11/2016
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The seizure comes just days before a planned March 15, 2016 auction of the items as part of the "Asia Week New York" festivities. Christie's had included the two artifacts in an auction entitled: "The Lahiri Collection: Indian and Himalayan Art, Ancient and Modern."
09/26/2019
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The Gold Coffin of Nedjemankh was presented to the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Hassan Shoukry who accepted the piece on behalf of the people of Egypt.

03/09/2010
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
A 3,000-year-old wooden sarcophagus, seized in Miami, was returned to Egypt in a ceremony at the National Geographic Society after a 2-year international investigation.
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.
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).
12/09/2014
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The repatriation ceremony at the Turkish Consulate in Manhattan was conducted by Andrew M. McLees, special agent in charge of HSI Newark; Robert E. Perez, director of CBP New York field operations, and Turkish Consul General Ertan Yalcin.
04/17/2012
Tallahassee, FL
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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A 400-year-old masterpiece work of art taken illegally from its owners in Nazi-occupied France during World War II was returned today to the family from which it was stolen more than 70 years ago.
03/25/2015
Newark, NJ
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
David Philip Ryan, 50, of Miami pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to transport stolen firearms.
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.

01/22/2020
Wilmington, DE
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Following a lengthy investigation by HSI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware, and the Italian Carabinieri Command for Protection of Cultural Heritage, investigators determined that, sometime in or around 1875, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice, Italy acquired a copy of the Columbus Letter-Plannck I, described above. At an unknown time between 1985 and 1988, the Columbus Letter-Plannck I was stolen from the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.

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