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Family members sentenced in 'monumental' Indian Arts and Crafts Act case

Three members of a family with multi-state and international connections have been sentenced for violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (IACA) in what federal authorities are calling a "monumental" case.

Cristobal "Cris" Magno Rodrigo, 59; his wife, Glenda Tiglao Rodrigo, 46; and the couple's son, Christian Ryan Tiglao Rodrigo, 24, ran a business that sold fake Alaska Native goods, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release on Tuesday. The family's criminal scheme ran for at least five years, during which items produced overseas in the Philippines were imported to the United States and fraudulently marketed as authentic stone carvings and totem poles.

"The actions the Rodrigo's family took to purposefully deceive customers and forge artwork is a cultural affront to Alaska Native artisans who pride themselves on producing these works of art, and negatively affects those who make a living practicing the craft," U.S. Attorney S. Lane Tucker said in the release.


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