Hobby Lobby Agrees to Fine and Return of Thousands of Smuggled Iraqi Artifacts It Bought Despite Red Flags

The Department of Justice announced Wednesday the arts and craft chain store Hobby Lobby has agreed to pay a $3 million fine and return thousands of ancient Mesopotamian artifacts that were smuggled out of Iraq, sold by a dealer in the United Arab Emirates, and shipped to its Oklahoma City offices using fabricated shipping labels. The Oklahoma City-headquartered company orchestrated a dodgy deal for thousands tablets and bricks written in cuneiform, one of the earliest known systems of...

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