Friday, 15 July 2011

Dealers accused of trying to smuggle Ancient Egyptian antiquities

A group antiquities dealers have been charged with illegally smuggling ancient funerary objects into the US, according to the New York Daily News.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn say the owner of an a antiques business in Manhattan conspired with dealers in Michigan and Dubai to smuggle sarcophagi and other artifacts for a collector in Virginia.

The man is charged with trying to dupe customs officials by labelling shipments of coffins and other items as 'antiques' and 'wood panels'.

Between October 2008 and November 2009, the man allegedly sold a Greco-Roman sarcophagus, Egyptian funerary boats and limestone figures to a collector in Chesterfield, Virginia.

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