Dozens of historic Cambodian sculptures worth greater than $35 million are going home, years after they have been stolen, delivered to the US and bought off in a long-running fraud by disgraced artwork vendor Douglas Latchford.
The 34 sculptures are bronze, gold or sandstone, span the eighth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth centuries and embody depictions of Buddha, and Hindu deities equivalent to Vishnu, Shiva and Garuda, based on courtroom papers filed this week by the US Attorney’s workplace in Manhattan.
Latchford, who lived in Thailand the place he died in August 2020 at age 89, was indicted in 2019 on wire fraud and different costs for arranging to promote the stolen antiquities in New York and London, however the case was dismissed after his dying.
Clark and different collectors who purchased from Latchford have been duped by the falsified and faked paperwork he supplied, based on Ricky J. Patel, the New York Acting Special Agent in Charge for the US Department of Homeland Security.
“HSI New York will not rest in its efforts to locate all the antiquities related to Latchford’s fraud and see that each piece of history is not just found, but sent home,” Patel mentioned.