U.S. officials turned over to the Mongolian government enough 80-million-year-old dinosaur skeletons to stock a museum.
A New York U.S. District judge on Tuesday sentenced a Florida fossils dealer to three months in prison for smuggling a 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus skeleton out of Mongolia.
It was seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents after it was sold at auction in New York City for over $1 million last year.
Eric Prokopi, 38, of Gainesville admitted he lied to U.S. Customs agents when he brought a 70 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton into the country from Mongolia and China.
Eric Prokopi, 38, was charged with conspiracy to smuggle illegal goods, possessing stolen property and making false statements, federal prosecutors in Manhattan announced Wednesday.