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People of New York v. Freedman (Kapoor Case)

People of the State of New York v. Aaron Freedman, No. 13-091098, (N.Y. Sup. Ct., plea agreement, Dec. 4, 2013).

As part of a wide-ranging investigation into the activities of antiquities dealer Subhash Kapoor, which involved both federal and New York State authorities as well as the Indian Government, the former manager of Kapoor’s New York gallery, Aaron Freedman, pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to trafficking in stolen antiquities worth millions of dollars. The case was significant not only because of the huge monetary value of the objects involved, but also because it was a rare instance in which a person accused of antiquities smuggling was prosecuted under state, not federal, law.

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