2 receive probation for selling American Indian artifacts

Hits: 1

2 receive probation for selling American Indian artifacts


By Dennis Romboy

Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 8:47 p.m. MDT
SALT LAKE CITY — Two people involved in the illegal sale of American Indian artifacts in southern Utah will not serve time in prison.

U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball on Wednesday sentenced Brent Bullock to 60 months of probation and Tammy Shumway to 36 months of probation, including six months of home confinement. They also are restricted from entering public and tribal lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service or the National Wildlife Refuge System during their probations.

Bullock, 62, and Shumway, 40, earlier pleaded guilty to trafficking in stolen artifacts and theft of government property. In exchange, federal prosecutors dropped three charges against Bullock and two against Shumway.

Shumway admitted to helping Bullock sell American Indian ceramic figurines for $3,300 in July 2007 to Ted Gardiner, a former Utah antiquities dealer and undercover informant for the FBI. Shumway made $330 on the deal.

In a previous court appearance, attorney Earl Xaiz said Bullock was not a lifelong collector, trader or seller of artifacts. He had a picture frame containing half a dozen ceramic figurines hanging on a door in his living room. Bullock didn’t extract the items from public land and never tried to sell them until Shumway approached him, saying she knew someone interested in buying them, Xaiz said. Bullock was having financial trouble at the time and decided to sell the items.

“That’s the extent of his involvement,” Xaiz told the judge.

Shumway’s attorney, Fred Metos, said the transaction amounted to 1 percent of the total value of American Indian relics Gardiner bought as part of a federal sting operation in the Four Corners area. In all, Gardiner, who committed suicide in March, bought 256 artifacts valued at $335,685. Shumway told the judge she was sorry for her involvement and didn’t realize the destruction such activity causes the American Indian community.

Shumway and Bullock were among 26 people arrested in the 21/2-year federal investigation.

e-mail: romboy@desnews.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.