United States v. An Antique Platter of Gold
United States v. An Antique Platter of Gold, 991 F. Supp. 222 (S.D.N.Y. 1997), aff’d, 184 F.3d 131 (2d Cir. 1999), cert. denied, 528 U.S. 1136 (2000).
See also: United States v. Steinhardt, 195 Mag. 2167 (NRB), 995 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19080 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 21, 1995).
In this highly-publicized case, an antique platter of Sicilian origin was sold to Michael Steinhardt, a New York collector, via a Swiss art dealer who acquired the work in 1991 from a Sicilian coin dealer. The New York dealer Robert Haber acted as Steinhardt’s intermediary in the purchase. In 1995, the Italian government declared the work stolen property under its patrimony laws and sought its return. The U.S. government seized the work from Steinhardt and successfully brought an action for . . . .
Crimes and Criminal Procedure, 18 U.S.C. § 542, Entry of goods by means of false statements
Crimes and Criminal Procedure, 18 U.S.C. § 545, Smuggling Goods into the United States
Crimes and Criminal Procedure, 18 U.S.C. § 2314, (National Stolen Property Act), Transportation of Stolen Goods, Securities, Moneys, Fraudulent State Tax Stamps, or Articles Used in Counterfeiting
Customs Duties, 19 U.S.C. § 1595a, Forfeitures and other penalties
Protection of Items of Artistic and Historic Interest (Law No. 1089) (1939, as amended 1975 and 1998) ("1939 Law") [unofficial translation]