Hobby Lobby Has to Return Smuggled Artifacts

By Rob Quinn

July 6, 2017

Hobby Lobby President Steve Green has apologized for what he calls "regrettable mistakes"—including buying thousands of artifacts after being warned they could have been looted from Iraq, and then shipping them to the US described only as "samples" or "ceramic tiles." The arts-and-crafts chain has agreed to return thousands of artifacts, including cuneiform tablets, and to pay $3 million to settle a case brought by the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, NBC News reports. 

Prosecutors said the 2010 acquisition of the items from dealers in the United Arab Emirates and Israel was "fraught with red flags" that the company ignored, reports the New York Times.

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