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[i]Flown Apollo 17 Decon Lunar Sample Bag, part no. V36-601506, serial number 06362AAJ8451.[/i]
[i]A recent review of the documents, gathered more than ten years ago as part of the underlying criminal investigation, indicates the Cosmosphere inventory identification numbers for these two bags were eventually combined together on the spreadsheets, with the [Apollo 11] bag identified as KCSC 2249 not referenced, while the [Apollo 17] bag identified as KCSC 2268 appeared twice. As a result, no one connected with the case realized that KCSC 2249 was commingled with the substitute assets...
It is difficult, so many years after the actual events, to point to a definite place in time when the confusion and misidentification between the two bags first occurred, but it appears that it was early on. In documents recovered from the defendant's home during the search warrant, the defendant wrongly identified the bag purchased for $21,000 as KCSC 2268. Thus, the parties on both sides of this case operated under the same misidentification and confusion regarding the lunar bags.[/i]
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