HSI arrests Florida man for illegally importing dinosaur fossils

17 Oct 2012 4:00 PM | Anonymous

HSI arrests Florida man for illegally importing dinosaur fossils

HSI arrests Florida man for illegally importing dinosaur fossils

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NEW YORK undefined U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents arrested Eric Prokopi, 38, of Gainesville, Fla., earlier today pursuant to a federal criminal complaint charging him with multiple crimes relating to a scheme to illegally import dinosaur fossils into the United States, including a nearly complete Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton from Mongolia, a Saurolophus angustirostris skeleton, also from Mongolia, and a Microraptor skeleton from China.

Prokopi was arrested this morning by HSI special agents at his home in Gainesville, Fla., and will be presented at the federal courthouse in Gainesville this afternoon. Prokopi is charged with one count of conspiracy to smuggle illegal goods, possess stolen property and make false statements. If convicted on this charge, he faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. He is also charged with smuggling goods into the United States, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and interstate sale and receipt of stolen goods, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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