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United States v. Kretske

United States v. Kretske, 220 F.2d 785 (7th Cir. Mar. 18, 1955), rev’d and remanded, 350 U.S. 807 (Oct. 10, 1955).



In 1955, after selling four paintings that had been stolen from a cathedral in Europe in 1952, to an F.B.I. agent for $40,000, Norton Kretske was convicted of handling stolen goods worth more than $5,000 in interstate commerce in violation of a federal statute, The National Stolen Property Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2315.


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