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According to the complaint, Rivkin’s assistant said Rivkin started purchasing vintage photographs after receiving the “EPA money.” Much of the artwork was shipped from Houston to Newark and eventually bound for Spain, authorities said.

The assistant traveled to Geneva and Barcelona with Rivkin, the assistant told authorities. Rivkin stayed in Spain and when the assistant returned to the U.S. noticed that Rivkin’s office was cleaned out and numerous documents were shredded, authorities said.

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Associated Press writer Geoff Mulvihill in Trenton contributed to this story.

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