Tag Archives: Forfeiture

U.S. Attorney Announces Successful Return of Rare “Inverted Jenny” Postage Stamp

Last week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced that one of the world’s rarest postage stamps has been returned to its rightful owner after 60 years.  The “Inverted Jenny” stamp, printed in 1918 to commemorate the first airmail flight on a Curtiss Jenny biplane, was accidentally printed with the … Continue Reading

Default Judgment Leads to Forfeiture in U.S. Attorney’s Successful Pursuit of Tyrannosaurus Skull

Yesterday, Judge Oetken entered a default judgment against one Tyrannousaurus bataar skull, marking a successful end to the U.S. Attorney’s forfeiture action against the skull.  The original complaint alleged that the skull was cultural property stolen from Mongolia and sought to return it. Our previous coverage of the case is here.… Continue Reading

U.S. Attorney Files Suit Against Tyrannosaurus Skull

The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed this week an asset forfeiture action against a Tyrannosaurus bataar skull.  The skull, found in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia and dating from the Cretaceous period 65 million years ago, was sold at an auction in New York in 2007 for $276,000.  The complaint alleges that the skull is cultural property stolen from … Continue Reading