HSI returns painting stolen during World War II to Germany

24 Jul 2012 9:22 AM | Anonymous

TOP STORY: HSI returns painting stolen during World War II to Germany

  PreviousNextIt was fall 2010. Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles received word that a School of Rubens painting, stolen from a German museum during World War II, was consigned to an auction house. A quick search of a database used by law enforcement officers revealed that the German government had reported that the painting went missing in 1945.

An investigation traced the painting back to a Los Angeles-based family. The family informed the special agents that their painting was not the missing Ruben and that there were other copies across the world. Despite the family's claim, after the law enforcement officers contacted their counterparts at HSI Frankfurt, they learned that it could possibly be the missing painting


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