Why? That’s what I want to know. Hobby Lobby, the awesome arts and crafts store, was busted for smuggling ancient Iraqi artifacts! When I 1st read the headline, I thought it had to be an accident. But nope! People reports the U.S. Justice Department sued the company yesterday for $3 million and ordered them to forfeit the items.
The Oklahoma-based retailer struck a deal “fraught with red flags” in 2010 to purchase thousands of cuneiform tablets for $1.6 million. Government documents say the shipping labels were “falsely described” as tile “samples.”
“For example, Hobby Lobby received conflicting information where the Artifacts had been stored prior to the inspection in the UAE. Further, when the Artifacts were presented for inspection to Hobby Lobby’s president and consultant in July 2010, they were displayed informally,” the statement read.
“In addition, Hobby Lobby representatives had not met or communicated with the dealer who purportedly owned the Artifacts, nor did they pay him for the Artifacts,” the Justice Department added. “Rather, following instructions from another dealer, Hobby Lobby wired payment for the Artifacts to seven personal bank accounts held in the names of other individuals.”
“We should have exercised more oversight and carefully questioned how the acquisitions were handled,” Hobby Lobby President Steve Green said.
Uh yeah. They may have funded terrorists!
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