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Art Appraiser Pleads Guilty in Ivory Smuggling Scheme

A Texas-based appraiser of Asian art pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court Tuesday to taking part in a conspiracy to smuggle illegal rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory to China.   Ning Qiu could spend more than two years in prison and be fined $150,000 when he is sentenced at a later date.   Authorities say Qiu admitted to helping the boss of the scheme obtain rhino horns and ivory, where they were smuggled to Hong Kong and used to make fake antiques.   The ringleader,...

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