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Amended Complaint -- US vs. Sotheby's

Amended Complaint -- US vs. Sotheby's

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The amended complaint filed by US attorneys office in their effort to seize a 10th century Cambodian statue from Sotheby's.
The amended complaint filed by US attorneys office in their effort to seize a 10th century Cambodian statue from Sotheby's.

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Published by: Jason Felch on Nov 22, 2012
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PREET BHARARA United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York By: ALEXANDER J. WILSONSHARON COHEN LEVINAssistant United States AttorneysOne St. Andrew’s PlazaNew York, New York 10007Tel. (212) 637-1060/2453UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTSOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - xUNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, - v. -A 10 CENTURY CAMBODIAN SANDSTONE
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SCULPTURE, CURRENTLY LOCATED ATSOTHEBY’S IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK,Defendant in rem.:::::::
 VERIFIED AMENDEDCOMPLAINT
12 Civ. 2600- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -xPlaintiff United States of America, by its attorney,Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District ofNew York, for its verified amended complaint alleges, uponinformation and belief, as follows:
I. NATURE OF THE ACTION
1. This action is brought by the United States ofAmerica seeking forfeiture of all right, title and interest in asandstone statue, circa 10th Century A.D., which was illicitlyremoved from the Prasat Chen temple at the historic andarcheological site of Koh Ker, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia(the “Defendant in rem”). A photograph of the Defendant in rem
 
 
is attached hereto as Exhibit A. The Defendant in rem iscurrently in the possession of Sotheby’s in New York, New York. 2.The Defendant in rem is subject to forfeiturepursuant to 19 U.S.C. § 1595a(c) because there is probable causeto believe that the Defendant in rem is stolen propertyintroduced into the United States contrary to law. The Defendantin rem is also subject to forfeiture pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 545because there is probable cause to believe that the Defendant inrem is merchandise which has knowingly been brought into theUnited States contrary to law. The Defendant in rem is furthersubject to forfeiture pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 981(a)(1)(c)because there is probable cause to believe that the Defendant inrem is property, real or personal, which constitutes or isderived from proceeds traceable to a violation of 18 U.S.C. §2314 and/or 18 U.S.C. § 2315.
II. JURISDICTION AND VENUE
3.This Court has jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C.§§ 1345 and 1355.4.Venue is proper under 28 U.S.C. § 1395 because theDefendant in rem is located in the Southern District of New York. Venue is also proper under 28 U.S.C. § 1355(b)(1)(A) because actsand omissions giving rise to the forfeiture occurred in theSouthern District of New York. 2
 

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