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ACCG members indicted on customs charges

By Wayne G. Sayles |
July 27, 2011

Two members of the ACCG have been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in New York on criminal charges of customs violations involving the importation of Egyptian antiquities from Dubai.  Two other parties were named in the indictment, one a U.S. collector of antiquities and the other a dealer in antiquities from Dubai.  The ACCG members, Salem Alshdaifat (Holyland Numismatics) and Morris Khouli (Windsor Antiquities) have pleaded not guilty and are free on bond pending trial.  

In response to this indictment, the ACCG Board of Directors has temporarily suspended the memberships of Alshdaifat and Khouli pending resolution of these charges.  This action was taken by vote of the board in concert with paragraph IIIA of the guild bylaws.  The board is hopeful that Mr. Alshdaifat and Mr. Khouli will be found innocent of these charges.

As always, the ACCG encourages all of its members, and non-members as well, to accurately and completely declare all objects being imported from abroad whether as hand-carried, mailed or commercially shipped items.  It has been fairly common practice in years past to avoid describing coins in detail due to the very real possibility of theft during transit.  That may have seemed prudent from the security perspective, but it invites issues with Customs and Border Protection that are unnecessary and unpleasant at the least and potentially can be disastrous.



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