Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hobby Lobby to forfeit ancient Iraqi artifacts in settlement with DOJ

By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters)---Arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby has agreed to forfeit thousands of illegally smuggled ancient Middle Eastern artifacts obtained from antiquities dealers for a Bible museum headed by its president, the company and U.S. officials said. The forfeiture will include some 5,500 artifacts purchased by Hobby Lobby Inc. that originated from the region of modern-day Iraq and were shipped under false labels, as well as an additional $3 million to settle the civil charges, the Department of Justice said in a statement Wednesday (July 5). [More]