Hobby Lobby to forfeit ancient Iraqi artifacts in settlement with U.S. DOJ

Hobby Lobby to forfeit ancient Iraqi artifacts in settlement with U.S. DOJThe U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday it had reached a settlement with national arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby to forfeit thousands of ancient artifacts illegally smuggled into the country from the Middle East. Under the terms of the settlement filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, New York, Hobby Lobby Stores has agreed to forfeit the antiquities, which originated from the region of modern-day Iraq, as well as $ 3 million, federal prosecutors said in a statement.



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