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Arrests Made in Sale of Korean Artifact

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

KoreanArtifactOXFORD, MICHIGAN—A Michigan resident has been arrested on charges of illegally selling a Korean artifact, one month after a New Jersey man was arrested for purchasing the item. The artifact, a currency plate dating to 1893, was brought to the U.S. by an American serviceman after the Korean War. Both men had been contacted by the Korean Embassy and the U.S. State Department and warned that the sale could be in violation of the National Stolen Property Act. “The cultural and symbolic worth of these items far surpasses any monetary value to the people and nations of their origin,” said William Hayes, acting special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, Detroit.