File - In this June 30, 2014, file photo, customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in Oklahoma City.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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Hobby Lobby Stores has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi religious artifacts smuggled from the Middle East that the government alleges were intentionally mislabeled for import, federal prosecutors said.Hobby Lobby President Steve Green is the owner of one of the largest collections of religious artifacts in the world and is building a Museum of the Bible in Washington due to open in the fall.Hobby Lobby executed an agreement to purchase over 5,500 artifacts in December 2010 for $1.6 million, the complaint says.Hobby Lobby consented to the fine and forfeiture of thousands of tablets and bricks written in cuneiform, as well as other artifacts that prosecutors say were shipped without proper documentation, the complaint says.
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