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