Moab residents plead guilty in artifacts case
by Lisa J. Church
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Two Moab residents pleaded guilty March 30 to felony charges stemming from a 2½-year FBI investigation into the illegal trafficking of ancient artifacts. That probe led to the arrests of 26 people in Blanding, Moab and in Colorado and New Mexico during a sweeping FBI raid on June 10.

Brent Bullock, 61, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball to illegally selling a digging tool, a blanket scrap, and a fire board, all stolen from public lands, to Ted Gardiner, who was working undercover for the FBI, according to documents filed in the case. Tammy Shumway, 40, who introduced Bullock to Gardiner, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of aiding and abetting in the sale of the illegal artifacts.

Gardiner committed suicide on March 1, becoming the third person involved in the case to take his own life. Defendant Dr. James Redd of Blanding committed suicide June 11, and Steven Shrader, of Santa Fe, N.M. shot himself to death a week later in Illinois.

Bullock and Shumway are scheduled for sentencing July 7. They each face maximum fines of $500,000, and up to 10 years in prison.

The Attorney General’s office, which is prosecuting the cases, said Tuesday that another defendant, Dale Lyman, is scheduled to appear April 23 for a plea-change hearing.

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