Pillaged Roman-Era Mosaic Recovered in Palmdale Home, Seized by FBI

An ancient mosaic that investigators believe was smuggled from war-torn Syria is now in FBI custody after being traced to a Palmdale garage, federal prosecutors said Friday.

The artifact that has been dated to the 3rd or 4th century, when modern Syria was part of the Roman Empire, was illegally brought to the U.S. in 2015 by Palmdale resident Mohamad Yassin Alcharihi, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California alleges in an asset forfeiture complaint filed Wednesday.

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