Israeli prosecutors charge antiquities dealers in worldwide fraud bust

[JURIST] Israeli prosecutors Wednesday charged four antiquities collectors with forgery and receiving fraudulent goods, alleging they had passed off ordinary items as biblical relics to unsuspecting consumers and modified items with some historic value by adding inscriptions. The objects include the notorious James ossuary, purported to have held the remains of Jesus' brother and controversially exhibited in North America in 2002. The antiquities fraud ring has been operating for 20 years, selling goods in Israel and acround the world. From Israel, Ha'aretz has more.

 

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