News Release Date: January 31, 2015
Contact: Investigative Services Branch, (202) 379-4761
Arkansas man fined for looting artifacts from Pea Ridge
After employees at saw a man using a metal detector and excavating archeological resources within the park in February of 2013, they alerted law enforcement.
An ISB Special Agent and park ranger and determined that Thomas Chaffin II had excavated seven features in key areas of the park. In doing so, Chaffin caused felony damage in violation of the .
When Chaffin was found to be in possession of numerous artifacts, he told investigators that he removed them from the park as well as another location in neighboring Missouri.
Chaffin pleaded guilty in 2014 and was ordered to pay $6,815 in fines and restitution costs.
The National Park Service acknowledges the and Deputy Giovanni Pop for their initial investigative assistance. An NPS ranger at and an archeological resources expert at further aided the investigation.
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