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Three Indicted for Importing Goods Falsely Labeled as Native American-Made

Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Justice announced recently that three individuals have been charged with violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act by conspiring to import and fraudulently sell Filipino-made jewelry as Native American-made. This indictment is the result of an ongoing federal investigation into an international scheme to violate the IACA. If convicted of the charges against them, the defendants each face a statutory maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

According to a DOJ press release, the IACA prohibits the offer or display for sale, or the sale, of any good in a manner that falsely suggests that it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian and Indian tribe. The law covers all Indian and Indian-style traditional and contemporary arts and crafts produced after 1935 and broadly applies to the marketing of arts and crafts by any person in the United States.

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