DOJ sues Hobby Lobby for secretly importing thousands of Iraqi artifacts

The United States filed a civil complaint Wednesday requesting Hobby Lobby forfeits thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts. The Department of Justice alleges the deeply religious company intentionally mislabeled artifact shipments and failed to provide the artifacts’ accurate nation of origin. Thousands of cuneiform tablets and clay bullac were shipped to Oklahoma City beginning around 2009. Though a consultant to the company estimated the artifacts’ value at $11,820,000, an invoice shows Hobby Lobby paid $1,600,000 for them in deals with the United Arab Emirates and Israel.