Man gets 3 months for smuggling dinosaur skeleton

By Associated Press
Published On: Jun 03 2014 02:03:23 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 03 2014 03:45:35 PM EDT

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The government accused Prokopi of smuggling bones into the country illegally from Mongolia before assembling them into a skeleton that was sold at auctions for $1.05 million.

NEW YORK -

A federal judge in New York has sentenced a Florida fossils dealer to three months in prison for smuggling a 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus skeleton out of Mongolia.

Eric Prokopi of Gainesville also must serve three months in community confinement.

The government said Prokopi smuggled the bones from the Gobi Desert into the U.S. and then assembled them.

The skeleton was sold by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions for more than $1 million. The government said the dinosaur skeleton was mislabeled as reptile bones from Great Britain. The deal was suspended.

The skeleton has been returned to Mongolia.

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