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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending April 20, 2012

April 19, 2012 — Antiquities dealer pleaded guilty to smuggling Egyptian cultural property

An antiquities dealer pleaded guilty Wednesday to smuggling Egyptian cultural property into the United States and making a false statement to law enforcement authorities. The guilty plea comes as a result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with the assistance of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Full Story

April 18, 2012 — Chinese nationals charged with software piracy and exporting technology to China; former NASA employee also charged

Two Chinese nationals have been charged in a 46-count superseding indictment for a variety of charges, including software piracy and illegally exporting technology to China. Additionally, a Maryland man, and former NASA employee, has pleaded guilty to charges of criminal copyright infringement. Both investigations are being conducted by HSI. Full Story

April 18, 2012 — US government returns artwork taken during the Holocaust

A 400-year-old masterpiece work of art, "Cristo Portacroce" (Christ Carrying the Cross), was returned to its rightful owners in a ceremony this week. The artwork was illegally taken from its owners in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Full Story

April 17, 2012 — Texas man sentenced to 40 months for bulk cash smuggling

A Texas man was sentenced to 40 months in prison Wednesday for bulk cash smuggling. During a traffic stop, sheriff's deputies discovered more than $100,000 of U.S. currency hidden within an aftermarket speaker box located inside the man's vehicle. An HSI investigation revealed that the man was trying to smuggle the currency to Mexico. Full Story

April 16, 2012 — Maryland man sentenced to prison for receiving child pornography

A Silver Spring, Md., man was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for receipt of child pornography, following an HSI and Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigation. A forensic analysis of the man's computer and DVDs revealed more than 6,000 images and 100 videos depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Full Story