Auction house owner arrested for illegal sale of Korean artifact

12 Feb 2013 3:43 PM | Anonymous

Auction house owner arrested for illegal sale of Korean artifact

PreviousNextDETROIT undefined The owner of an Oxford, Mich., auction house was arrested Tuesday by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for allegedly making false statements and on charges of transporting and selling a Korean artifact.

James Amato, 50, of Oxford, Mich., was arrested without incident at his residence after being charged in a federal arrest warrant with making false statements, transportation of stolen goods and for the sale or receipt of stolen goods.

Amato is the second suspect to be arrested following a two-year investigation into the sale of a Hojo currency plate from 1893. Won Young Youn was arrested Jan. 9 in Fort Lee, N.J., on similar charges. Youn remains free on bond and has a preliminary hearing April 17.

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