Sarasota man one of 13 arrested for selling priceless artifacts

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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 4:46 pm

FLORDIA - Florida Fish and Wildlife officers have shut down an artifact crime ring.

A statewide investigation stretched from the panhandle to the keys and resulted in 13 arrests.

Detectives say the group was destroying state lands, including the illegal dredging of rivers and the digging of massive holes in pristine woodlands.

Investigators say they were trying to illegally uncover and sell historic Florida artifacts, like Native American arrow heads and pottery. Many were being offered for sale at prices up to $100,000.

Among the 13 arrested was a Sarasota man. William Frignoca was charged with 1 felony count - Violations of Historical Resources and 1 felony count - Dealing in Stolen Property.

Florida statute establishes that historic properties, including artifacts, are an important legacy to be valued and conserved for present and future generations. Artifacts on public lands are part of the public trust and should be enjoyed by all. When people take them and sell them illegally, they are stealing from the citizens of Florida.

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1 comment:

  • verde33333 posted at 2:01 pm on Sun, May 19, 2013.

    verde33333 Posts: 1

    How could it be stealing from Florida citizens when all the states history belongs to everyone who lives on this enitre Earth also in all the states combined, Its very contradictive. I can see not ruining lands by digging, BUT by leaving them there they are not getting discovred or seen by anyone either. The Paleos, Archeo's, and other scientists do not have enough funding in the world to collect everything that is out there and it gets destroyed slowly over time and ruined before ever seen. So in a world of recession and children starving, why can't Amateurs help preserve by collecting and reporting it and get help with their find to be able to , share, and educate our fellow human beings. You can't give them away because they are mush too beautiful. If they are in a Museum, people are charged to see the special exhibits anyway thats why the scientist dig for them themselves and the artifacts are sold by the musem eventually anyway to fund their own bills even though they are eligable for grants being non-profit organizations. Everyone sould be able to enjoy, trade sell, show, share, enjoy, be happy. Not fight over our remnents of ALL our history in all states. Land is one big piece of land, one big past history, we are the ones who have separated it and now fight over everything in it.


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