According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a Pakistani native began smuggling artifacts into the United States after using a sham marriage to gain citizenship. 
The artifacts included ancient coins, bronze and iron axes, spears, arrowheads, swords and daggers and were sold at shows and online through his company, Indus Valley. When a shipment of some 1,300 artifacts got flagged by customs agents at Washington Dulles International Airport in 2013, he and others claimed the objects were inherited family property valued at $500.

Here are the details:

Indictments for citizenship fraud, artifact smuggling 


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Several individuals were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for citizenship fraud and smuggling cultural artifacts into the United States. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Department of State’s (DOS) Office of Inspector General.

Three individuals – Ijaz Khan, 42, and Vera Lautt, 56, both of Sante Fe, New Mexico, and Ibrar Khan, of Pakistan – face charges for conspiracy to defraud the United States and naturalizing and procuring U.S. citizenship by fraud. Ijaz Khan, along with Fahad Khan, of Pakistan, face additional charges, including smuggling artifacts from Pakistan into the United States and obstructing justice.