Man sentenced in fossil case

Oct 7, 2015 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Colorado man to one year of probation for understating the value of unspecified fossils imported from China to the United States.

Charles Magovern, 67, of Boulder pleaded guilty in July to filing false customs statements in 2010 with two other men, including a fossil dealer who pleaded guilty to federal charges last year.

Lawyers stipulated Tuesday that the loss to the government from the false statements in Magovern's case was $115,500.

Federal prosecutor Thomas Andrew Szott told U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal in Cheyenne that Magovern had forfeited fossils in the case. Szott said fossils Magovern forfeited will be returned to China.

Szott said Magovern had provided investigators with information about who had purchased other fossils.

Defense lawyer Kevin McGreevy declined comment after the hearing about what sort of fossils were involved.

A customs agent declined to comment after the hearing. Attempts to get information from federal officials about the type of fossils Magovern forfeited were not immediately successful.