Defendants in artifact theft linked to scheme
Federal prosecutors say two of the defendants in the Indian artifact theft case may have been involved in a Ponzi scheme.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports on a request to expand the search of items seized from the home of James and Jeanne Redd. Prosecutors say information shows the couple might have been "engaged in a fraudulent scheme to obtain money from a multilevel marketing company."

The Redds were among 24 people charged in connection with the theft and sale of Indian artifacts. A day after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the indictments on June 10, James Redd committed suicide.

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Feds link artifact suspects to Ponzi scam (The Salt Lake Tribune 6/25)

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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