July 15, 1998

Francisco Humberto Iglesias, 54, was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on June 18, 1998, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for his role in the smuggling of an ancient Peruvian Moche backflap into the United States.

Iglesias was charged with conspiracy, smuggling and Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property. It is alleged that while he was the Counsel General from Panama in New York City, he used his diplomatic status to smuggle the gold backflap into the United States. It is also alleged in the indictment that, using his vehicle which had a diplomatic license plate, he drove two other coconspirators from New York to meet with undercover FBI agents in order to sell the artifact for 1.6 million dollars.

He remains a fugitive. Anyone with information regarding his location is asked to contact the FBI at 215-418-4000.

He is described as follows:

(Posted 7/15/98)

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