More suspects in big Indian artifact theft case
Federal prosecutors say they are likely to charge more people in connection with the largest Indian artifact theft case in history.

So far, 25 people have been indicted for stealing and selling artifacts from public and Indian lands in Utah. "It's fair to say the investigation is looking at all levels, from diggers and dealers to high-end collectors," Carlie Christensen, an assistant federal prosecutor, told the Associated Press.

The case was aided by a confidential informant who spent more than $335,000 to buy items from the people who have been charged. The informant was $224,000, the AP reported.

"Without a source who has been in this and knows the individuals involved, it would be very hard to get a clear or large picture," said U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman.

Nearly all of the people who were indicted are from the same town in Utah. Two people committed suicide after they were charged.

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Feds: Artifact looting case likely to grow (AP 8/6)

Relevant Documents:
DOI Press Release: Federal Agents Bust Ring of Antiquity Thieves Looting American Indian Sites for Priceless Treasures | DOJ Press Release: Arrests Made in Operation Targeting Network Selling Stolen Native American Artifacts | Remarks of Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden at a Press Conference

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