U.S. Attorney Files Civil Complaint And Stipulation Of Settlement To Forfeit Ancient Italian Tomb Painting
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November 14, 2013
Fragment Matches Opposing Tomb Wall on Display in Italian Museum
A civil complaint was docketed today in federal court in the Eastern District of New York to forfeit a triangular Italian fresco fragment (the “Fresco”) that was falsely described as Macedonian when it was shipped from Switzerland to the United States in April 2011. The complaint alleges that the Fresco is the property of Italy and is protected under that country’s laws. Upon its arrival in the United States, the Fresco was seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”). The government also filed a stipulation of settlement with the shipper, in which the shipper abandoned its interest in the Fresco and consented to its forfeiture.
The complaint and settlement were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and James T. Hayes, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, HSI, New York.