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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - -

A retired National Parks Service superintendent has been charged with stealing ancient Native American remains from a federal museum collection.

Former Effigy Mounds National Monument superintendent Thomas A. Munson was charged Tuesday with embezzlement. He's expected to be arraigned in federal court in Cedar Rapids next week.

The 76-year-old has been the subject of an investigation since 2011, when he returned a box filled with prehistoric bones to the monument in northeast Iowa. The artifacts included fragments of jaws and leg bones between 1,000 and 2,000 years old.

He said then that he had kept them in the garage of his Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, home for decades. Munson retired in 1994.

The revelation outraged representatives of the tribes who are affiliated with the monument and consider the site sacred.

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