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HOBBY LOBBY TO PAY $3 MILLION, FORFEIT THOUSANDS OF RARE ARTIFACTS PILFERED FROM IRAQ

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Hobby Lobby has now agreed to shell out $3 million and fork over thousands of illicit Iraqi artifacts the arts-and-crafts superstore spent years fighting to keep.

On Wednesday, federal prosecutors announced the settlement of a civil forfeiture action between the company and the Department of Justice — a longstanding dispute stemming from Hobby Lobby’s entrée into collection in 2009, of “historically significant manuscripts, antiquities and other cultural materials.”

Hobby Lobby, however, possessed quite a bit more than ordinary artifacts — smuggled illegally from Iraq, the crafts corporation also obtained ancient clay cuneiform tablets, rare and nearly impossible to value.

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