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NY antiquities dealer charged with the sale of stolen items

NEW YORK – in New York antiquities dealer has been arrested on charges she sold stolen artifacts from international smugglers by creating sham documents to hide their history.

Prosecutors say Nancy Wiener was Wednesday arrested on suspicion of criminal possession of stolen property and conspiracy. They say they are trade in illicit antiquities since 1999.

Her lawyer, Georges Lederman, told The New York Times http://nyti.ms/2hVapLY his client “surrendered voluntarily” and will respond at an appropriate time.

Prosecutors say that as her mother, also a dealer, died she inherited hundreds of illegal items in their gallery and charged with false ownership history. Christie’s then auctioned them off for $12.8 million.

In another example, prosecutors say Wiener purchased with a stolen bronze Buddha and was displaying it in her gallery when the authorities seized in March.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com

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