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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Return to Brazil of Two Masterpieces Linked to Bank Fraud

May 9, 2014

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Return to Brazil of Two Masterpieces Linked to Bank Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Deputy Special Agent in Charge Michael Shea of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (“ICE”) Homeland Security Investigations New England, announced today that a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat called “Hannibal” (the “Basquiat”), as well as a Roman Togatus statue, were returned to Brazil at a repatriation ceremony at the United States Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, New York. The painting and the statue were smuggled into the United States in violation of customs law and were forfeited to the government as a result of civil forfeiture action brought by the United States.  

Updated March 4, 2016