FBI Returns Iraqi Artifacts Used In Contractor Fraud

Law360, New York (July 7, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT) -- The FBI on Thursday returned stolen Iraqi artifacts — some of them 4,000 years old — that were uncovered during a probe into corruption and bribery by contractors working for the U.S. Department of Defense.

The terracotta plaques, vases, statues and other items were among those allegedly looted in 2004 by contractors who were moving through the Babylon region. The antiquities, which date from the Old Babylonian period to the Neo-Assyrian periods, were seized in 2006 as part of the bribery investigation.

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