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US Hobby Lobby Bought More Smuggled Artifacts

14:05  12 july  2017
14:05  12 july  2017 Source:   nbcnews.com

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According to a court filing, Hobby Lobby bought more than 5,500 artifacts for .6 million from an unnamed dealer in 2010.CreditUnited States As for the smuggling allegations, Mr. Green said in the statement that Hobby Lobby was “new to the world of acquiring these items, and did not fully

Arts-and-crafts giant Hobby Lobby was pilloried last week after it agreed to forfeit .6 million worth of smuggled Iraqi antiquities it bought in 2010 to promote passion for the Bible. It turns out that wasn't the first time the company illegally imported artifacts .

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Arts-and-crafts giant Hobby Lobby was pilloried last week after it agreed to forfeit $1.6 million worth of smuggled Iraqi antiquities it bought in 2010 to promote passion for the Bible.

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  Hobby Lobby fined $3 million over smuggled Iraqi artifacts Federal prosecutors say Hobby Lobby Stores has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts smuggled from the Middle East that the government alleges were intentionally mislabled.OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors say Hobby Lobby Stores has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts smuggled from the Middle East that the government alleges were intentionally mislabled.

The Oklahoma-based chain of retail stores bought more than 5,500 objects from dealers in the United Arab Emirates and Israel in 2010, said the Hobby Lobby To Forfeit Smuggled Iraqi Antiquities. Some artifacts from the UAE bore shipping labels that falsely described them as "ceramic tiles" or

Federal prosecutors say the company bought smuggled artifacts that were deliberately mislabelled. In a statement, Hobby Lobby President Steve Green said the company cooperated with the government and “should have exercised more oversight and carefully questioned how the

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It turns out that wasn't the first time the company illegally imported artifacts.

An attorney for the retailer confirmed to NBC News that the $3 million it will pay the feds to settle a civil case isn't a fine but a payment to cover unspecified items that were improperly brought to the United States before the 2010 acquisition.

Hobby Lobby doesn't have those purchases any longer. A stipulation outlining the settlement said they are "dissipated," suggesting they were either sold or donated.

But the company declined to answer questions about the earlier items, including whether any of them were given to the soon-to-open Museum of the Bible in Washington, which Hobby Lobby helped fund.

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Law-enforcement officials report that in 2010, Hobby Lobby ’s president, Steve Green, visited the United Arab Emirates with an antiquities consultant to inspect more than 5,548 artifacts .

People who buy artifacts have to know that their purchase may be encouraging more looting in the Archaeologists have committed to documenting historic artifacts digitally or smuggling them to Tablets like the ones bought by Hobby Lobby showcase laws, letters, and cultural details from the

"This shows this is not a one-off. They made these kinds of mistakes repeatedly," said Candida Moss, a professor at Notre Dame and co-author of the forthcoming "Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby."

"They should definitely be opening up their books."

Hobby Lobby, which has more than 700 stores across the United States, is owned by billionaire evangelical Christians who began amassing an unparalleled private collection of Bible-related texts and artifacts in 2009.

Image: Hobby Lobby© Customers leave a Hobby Lobby store in Oklahoma City in 2014. Image: Hobby Lobby

Last week, prosecutors in New York announced the chain had inked a civil settlement over hundreds of Mesopotamian-era tablets covered in ancient cuneiform writing and thousands of clay tokens known as bullae that it bought from overseas dealers in 2010.

The U.S. Attorney's office said the rarities originated from what is now Iraq, where the plunder of cultural treasures spurred the U.S. to impose an import ban more than a decade ago.

Where Do Hobby Lobby's Antiquities Come From?

  Where Do Hobby Lobby's Antiquities Come From? The retail chain is forfeiting some Iraqi artifacts and paying a $3 million fine in a civil smuggling case.A day after craft chain Hobby Lobby agreed to pay a $3 million fine and return smuggled Iraqi artifacts, two professors called on the company to reveal the source of thousands of other antiquities in its massive Bible-themed collection.

Hobby Lobby Is Returning Thousands of Ancient Artifacts that Were Smuggled out of Iraq. Hobby Lobby bought the artifacts despite being warned by an “expert on cultural property law” that the objects could have been looted from Iraqi archaeological sites, making their purchase a violation of

Hobby Lobby Bought Thousands of Smuggled Iraqi Artifacts in 2010. The artifacts included cuneiform tablets, clay bullae, and cylinder seals. Now many of the items are going back to Iraq.

Hobby Lobby blamed the smuggling on inexperience, saying it had relied on dealers and shippers who didn't know how to properly document or send the pieces.

Prosecutors, however, pointed out that Hobby Lobby had proceeded with the 2010 purchase despite flagrant red flags — including a warning from an expert who told them the types of pieces they eventually bought were likely to be from Iraq and at risk of having been looted or smuggled.

The company also wired payment to seven bank accounts for five different people, none of whom were the actual seller, prosecutors said. The artifacts were sent in multiple shipments to three different corporate addresses in Oklahoma with labels that said the country of origin was Turkey or Israel. They were described in some cases as "samples" or "handmade tiles."

The feds have been criticized for not bringing criminal charges against Hobby Lobby, but the civil complaint contains no evidence the forfeited items were looted from Iraq or that company officials orchestrated the shipments.

Preview Tour of the Museum of the Bible Under Construction© An exhibit that will look like a Nazareth village at the Museum of the Bible. Preview Tour of the Museum of the Bible Under Construction

Still, Hobby Lobby, which says it runs its business on Christian values, faced cries of hypocrisy over the scandal — which also put a cloud over the $500 million Museum of the Bible because of its close ties to the company owners, the Green family.

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  Hobby Lobby has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and give up thousands of ancient religious artifacts it smuggled into the U.S. The development comes after a six-year investigation. Hobby Lobby illegally imported more than 5,500 ancient religious artifacts from Iraq. The company's president owns one of the largest collections of artifacts in the world.The company paid $1.6 million for the items in 2010 in a deal that prosecutors say was "fraught with red flags." A look at some of the ancient artifacts Hobby Lobby purchased in 2010 from Iraq. Close © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc.

about Hobby Lobby and their smuggling of illegal and stolen artifacts from Iraq. Yesterday, Steve Green, the president of Hobby Lobby , said in a statement, “We should have exercised more oversight and carefully It is not the case, as some have alleged, that Hobby Lobby bought artifacts from ISIS.

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The museum said last week that "none of the artifacts identified in the settlement" — which also includes 144 engraved seals — were ever a part of its collection. But it was not clear if that also applied to the unidentified items purchased before the Iraqi tablets and bullae.

An outside public relations firm retained by Hobby Lobby said the company would not disclose what the items were, the circumstances of their shipment, or where they are now. The U.S. Attorney's office also declined to provide those details.

Joel Baden, a Yale professor and co-author of "Bible Nation," said the lack of transparency is troubling.

"What it means is out there somewhere is more illegally imported stuff," he said. "It's in a museum. It's in someone else's collection. It's somewhere. And it's another example of how insidious the market is."

Baden also said the disclosure of earlier illegal shipments raises doubt about whether the company was simply naive.

"At some point," he said, "it turns from an unfortunate incident into a business model."

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