ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Headline News Feed by Category en Copyright 2020 Thu, 04 Mar 2021 14:15:26 -0500 HSI Pacific Northwest investigation, CBP seizure result in transfer of 51 ancient coins to University of Washington for historical research https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-pacific-northwest-investigation-cbp-seizure-result-transfer-51-ancient-coins A Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) probe and Customs and Border Protection seizure resulted in the transfer of 51 Greek Hellenistic and early Islamic coins to the University of Washington Libraries in a ceremony hosted on the UW campus, Thursday. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-pacific-northwest-investigation-cbp-seizure-result-transfer-51-ancient-coins Fri, 02/19/2021 - 08:46 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE returns 9th century manuscripts, Roman coin to Italy https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-9th-century-manuscripts-roman-coin-italy The repatriation Thursday highlights the unique relationship between HSI and Italy, particularly with the in investigating and repatriating cultural property. To date, HSI’s attaché office in Rome has conducted more than 60 investigations in coordination with Comando Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-9th-century-manuscripts-roman-coin-italy Fri, 10/30/2020 - 07:59 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE recovers 19th century painting stolen from Italian monastery https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-recovers-19th-century-painting-stolen-italian-monastery HSI Dallas was able to locate the painting after receiving a tip from the HSI Attaché Office in Rome, Italy, in 2019. Based on that tip, HSI tracked the painting to a private art collector in the Dallas-area who had purchased the painting in 2015 from a dealer who was unaware that it was stolen. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-recovers-19th-century-painting-stolen-italian-monastery Thu, 09/03/2020 - 14:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations Los Angeles-area man charged with unlawfully importing ancient mosaic https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-charged-unlawfully-importing-ancient-mosaic Mohamad Yassin Alcharihi, 53, was named in an indictment that charges him with one count of entry of goods into the United States falsely classified as to quality and value. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-charged-unlawfully-importing-ancient-mosaic Fri, 07/24/2020 - 13:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations Brooklyn man indicted on cultural artifacts smuggling charges https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/brooklyn-man-indicted-cultural-artifacts-smuggling-charges Following an investigation by ICE’s HSI New York’s CPAA unit with assistance from U.S. CBP, Ashraf Omar Eldarir, a U.S. citizen, is being charged with smuggling Egyptian cultural property into the United States. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/brooklyn-man-indicted-cultural-artifacts-smuggling-charges Mon, 07/06/2020 - 16:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations Civil action filed to forfeit rare cuneiform tablet from Hobby Lobby https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/civil-action-filed-forfeit-rare-cuneiform-tablet-hobby-lobby Pursuant to ongoing Cultural Property, Arts & Antiquities investigations by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York, a civil complaint was filed Monday to forfeit a rare cuneiform tablet bearing a portion of the epic of Gilgamesh, a Sumerian epic poem considered one the world’s oldest works of literature. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/civil-action-filed-forfeit-rare-cuneiform-tablet-hobby-lobby Mon, 05/18/2020 - 17:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations 2 historic Khmer statues returned to Cambodia https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-historic-khmer-statues-returned-cambodia The first item is an 11th Century sandstone Khmer statue torso of the Khleang style wearing a Khmer sampot, a traditional garment of Cambodia. The second item, dated between the early 10th to late 10th century, is a large gray sandstone Khmer statue torso of an unidentified deity. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-historic-khmer-statues-returned-cambodia Thu, 04/09/2020 - 15:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE HSI Wilmington and Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office recover most rare stolen Christopher Columbus letter https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-wilmington-and-delaware-us-attorneys-office-recover-most-rare-stolen 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-wilmington-and-delaware-us-attorneys-office-recover-most-rare-stolen Wed, 01/22/2020 - 09:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations Collection of historic stone projectile points returned to R.I. Haffenreffer Museum following HSI probe https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/collection-historic-stone-projectile-points-returned-ri-haffenreffer-museum-following The stone projectile points, used primarily for hunting, were unearthed by Harrie M. Wheeler, a noted Rhode Island collector and amateur archeologist, during excavations that he conducted between 1928 and 1950 in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/collection-historic-stone-projectile-points-returned-ri-haffenreffer-museum-following Wed, 01/15/2020 - 15:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE HSI San Francisco facilitates gift of paintings to the Philippines https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-san-francisco-facilitates-gift-paintings-philippines In June 2019, HSI was contacted by the son of a former U.S. soldier who had legally purchased two Fernando Amorsolo paintings while stationed in the Philippines near the end of World War II. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-san-francisco-facilitates-gift-paintings-philippines Mon, 11/25/2019 - 16:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE HSI Wilmington Delaware Christopher Columbus letter probe to be featured on 60 Minutes https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-wilmington-delaware-christopher-columbus-letter-probe-be-featured-60-minutes Since September 2011, HSI has been conducting an international cultural property investigation relating to several historically significant, printed letters authored by explorer Christopher Columbus during his return trip from the New World in 1493. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-wilmington-delaware-christopher-columbus-letter-probe-be-featured-60-minutes Fri, 10/18/2019 - 16:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE returns 6th century BCE marble statue to Libya https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-6th-century-bce-marble-statue-libya ICE's HSI International Operations Division Chief Leo Lin returned a sixth century marble statue known as the “Head of a Veiled Woman,” during a repatriation ceremony at the Libyan Embassy, Thursday. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-6th-century-bce-marble-statue-libya Fri, 10/04/2019 - 15:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations Ancient gold coffin repatriated to Egypt in New York ceremony https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ancient-gold-coffin-repatriated-egypt-new-york-ceremony 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ancient-gold-coffin-repatriated-egypt-new-york-ceremony Thu, 09/26/2019 - 10:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE HSI New York kicks off Virtual Global Taskforce in London, centered on Arts and Antiquities https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-new-york-kicks-virtual-global-taskforce-london-centered-arts-and-antiquities U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York, with the assistance of HSI’s attaché office in London and London’s Metropolitan Police Service, kicked off the first meeting of the Virtual Global Cultural Property Task Force (VGCPTF). https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-new-york-kicks-virtual-global-taskforce-london-centered-arts-and-antiquities Thu, 09/12/2019 - 10:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations Indian artifacts repatriated to home country during London ceremony https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/indian-artifacts-repatriated-home-country-during-london-ceremony Pursuant to an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with participation from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS); the High Commission of India in London in coordination with Indian Customs; and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York (DANY), the limestone carved relief and Navaneetha Krishna Bronze figure from India were repatriated to their home country.  On Aug. 15, the High Commissioner of India in London accepted the return of the artifacts on behalf of India. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/indian-artifacts-repatriated-home-country-during-london-ceremony Thu, 08/15/2019 - 17:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE Homeland Security Investigations returned looted Greek artifacts to rightful owner https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-homeland-security-investigations-returned-looted-greek-artifacts-rightful-owner Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Deputy Special Agent in Charge Jerry Templet repatriated 10 Greek coins to the Government of Greece, Tuesday, during a reception at the San Francisco Greek Consulate. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-homeland-security-investigations-returned-looted-greek-artifacts-rightful-owner Thu, 05/16/2019 - 15:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations Nigerian man, former US permanent resident, sentenced in North Dakota to additional 10 years in federal prison for obstruction of justice https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/nigerian-man-former-us-permanent-resident-sentenced-north-dakota-additional-10-years 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/nigerian-man-former-us-permanent-resident-sentenced-north-dakota-additional-10-years Mon, 03/04/2019 - 10:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations Third stolen Christopher Columbus letter returned to the Vatican https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/third-stolen-christopher-columbus-letter-returned-vatican 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/third-stolen-christopher-columbus-letter-returned-vatican Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE and DOJ return Christopher Columbus letter to Spain https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-and-doj-return-christopher-columbus-letter-spain The letter, originally written in 1493, was stolen from the National Library of Catalonia in Barcelona and sold for approximately $1 million. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-and-doj-return-christopher-columbus-letter-spain Wed, 06/06/2018 - 19:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE returns thousands of ancient artifacts seized from Hobby Lobby to Iraq https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-thousands-ancient-artifacts-seized-hobby-lobby-iraq ICE returned 3,800 ancient artifacts, including cuneiform tablets, cylinder seals, and clay bullae, to the Republic of Iraq. The artifacts were smuggled into the United States in violation of federal law and shipped to Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc, a nationwide arts-and-crafts retailer. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-thousands-ancient-artifacts-seized-hobby-lobby-iraq Wed, 05/02/2018 - 10:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations 3 ancient statues repatriated to Lebanese Republic https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/3-ancient-statues-repatriated-lebanese-republic Following an investigation by ICE's HSI New York’s Cultural Property, Arts and Antiquities group, in coordination with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, three marble statues originally excavated from the Temple of Eshmun in Lebanon were repatriated to their home country. The Consul General of Lebanon in New York accepted the return of the artifacts on behalf of Lebanon. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/3-ancient-statues-repatriated-lebanese-republic Fri, 12/15/2017 - 09:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations Ancient Roman artifacts repatriated to Italy following ICE probe https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ancient-roman-artifacts-repatriated-italy-following-ice-probe 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ancient-roman-artifacts-repatriated-italy-following-ice-probe Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations Tribal leaders, HSI partnering to help prevent plundering of Indian artifacts https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/tribal-leaders-hsi-partnering-help-prevent-plundering-indian-artifacts 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/tribal-leaders-hsi-partnering-help-prevent-plundering-indian-artifacts Thu, 08/03/2017 - 11:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations Hobby Lobby settles $3 million civil suit for falsely labeling Cuneiform Tablets https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hobby-lobby-settles-3-million-civil-suit-falsely-labeling-cuneiform-tablets The government also filed a stipulation of settlement with Hobby Lobby, in which Hobby Lobby consented to the forfeiture of the artifacts in the complaint, approximately 144 cylinder seals and an additional sum of $3 million, resolving the civil action. Hobby Lobby further agreed to adopt internal policies and procedures governing its importation and purchase of cultural property, provide appropriate training to its personnel, hire qualified outside customs counsel and customs brokers, and submit quarterly reports to the government on any cultural property acquisitions for the next eighteen months. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hobby-lobby-settles-3-million-civil-suit-falsely-labeling-cuneiform-tablets Wed, 07/05/2017 - 09:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations ICE returns Royal Seals valued at $1,500,000 to Korea https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-royal-seals-valued-1500000-korea The Royal Seals belonged to Queen Munjeong, who reigned from 1545 to 1565 and King Hyeonjong, who reigned from 1659 to 1674. The seal belonging to Queen Munjeong is believed to have been stolen during the Korean War (1950-1953) and illegally removed from Korea. King Hyeonjong's seal is believed to have been stolen during the Japanese occupation of Korea (1910-1945). https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-returns-royal-seals-valued-1500000-korea Fri, 06/30/2017 - 14:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations