Accused Art Trafficker’s Estate Forfeits $12 Million to End Case

The payment will settle a civil suit brought by U.S. officials who accused Douglas A.J. Latchford of being a major dealer of looted antiquities.

ederal officials announced Thursday that the daughter of an accused antiquities trafficker had agreed to forfeit $12 million from his estate as part of a settlement of a civil case that accused her father of profiting from the sale of stolen Cambodian artifacts.

The daughter of Douglas A.J. Latchford, a scholar and dealer of ancient Khmer artifacts who died in 2020, also agreed to turn over a seventh-century bronze statue from Vietnam that the federal authorities said had been bought by Latchford with illegally obtained funds.

Latchford’s daughter, identified in court papers as Julia Copleston, inherited more than 125 statues and gold relics that authorities contend were looted from Cambodia, as well as an undetermined amount of money from her father.

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