United States Attorney Files Suit To Forfeit
Ancient Italian Sarcophagus Lid
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Antiquity Linked to Convicted Smuggler Gianfranco Becchina
A civil complaint was filed today in federal court in the Eastern District of New York seeking forfeiture of an ancient Roman marble sarcophagus lid featuring a high-relief sculpture of a sleeping woman. According to Italian authorities, the piece matches photographs found in the files of convicted antiquities dealer Gianfranco Becchina. As alleged in the complaint, the antiquity is the property of Italy and is therefore forfeitable as stolen property that was unlawfully introduced into the United States.
The filing of the complaint was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and James T. Hayes, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), New York.