D.A. Vance: British Antiquities Restorer Arraigned in Global Antiquities Trafficking Scheme Following Extradition from London
“Without restorers to disguise stolen relics, there would be no laundered items for antiquities traffickers to sell,” said District Attorney Vance. “The arraignment of Neil Perry Smith serves as a reminder that behind every antiquities trafficking ring preying upon cultural heritage for profit, there is someone reassembling and restoring these looted pieces to lend the criminal enterprise a veneer of legitimacy."
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“A celebrity entourage is not a police department, and Manhattan is not the Wild West,” said District Attorney Vance.
“Our relentless focus on integrity in construction and development continues with this indictment of top executives of a publicly-traded company who flaunted New York’s construction lien laws,” said D.A. Vance.
“Dismissing marijuana cases en masse is an important step toward addressing the decades of racial disparities behind marijuana enforcement in New York City,” said District Attorney Vance.
“As alleged, Melissa Ringel violated her oath as an official of the court when she brazenly circumvented the rules to assist her husband, Frank Esposito, and his client, during the sale of a multimillion-dollar penthouse near Central Park,” said District Attorney Vance.
“The repatriation of these 27 stunning relics to the people of Cambodia restores an important link between the nation’s classical Angkor era and its modern customs and beliefs that, for far too long, was disrupted by the greed of stolen antiquities traffickers,” said District Attorney Vance.