The Conservation Laundering of Illicit Antiquities
Marion True, former curator of antiquities at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles [Fig. 2], once hailed as the “heroic warrior against plunder,”  was indicted in 2005 for violations against Italy’s cultural patrimony laws.
True became the first American curator to face such charges  — not coincidentally, it was also the first time that a source country had the means, financially and politically, to investigate and prosecute violations of their cultural patrimony laws . The Swiss police and Italian Carabinieri’s raid on Giacomo Medici’s warehouse in Geneva a decade earlier  exposed an elaborate system, designed to avoid suspicion from authorities . The subsequent investigation threw a spotlight onto the dubious activities of museum curators.
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