Florida art gallery and owner charged with obstruction of justice in connection with importation of ancient Chinese artifacts

05 Nov 2013 8:11 AM | Anonymous

Florida art gallery and owner charged with obstruction of justice in connection with importation of ancient Chinese artifacts

MIAMI – A Winter Park art gallery and owner were charged federally with obstruction of justice in connection with the importation of ancient Chinese artifacts that were interdicted at the Port of Miami.

The filing of charges follows an investigation by special agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Miami.

Lorin & Son, LLC, an art dealer, and Francois B. Lorin, 74, of Winter Park were each charged with one count of obstruction of justice. Lorin & Son, LLC faces a maximum $500,000 fine and up to five years’ probation, and Lorin faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charging document also alleges forfeiture of the items in the shipment including various artifacts that were the subject of the alleged obstruction conduct. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez.

 

http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1311/131104miami2.htm

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