Case of the Master Forger Scam
Hijinks in the World Of Art
big money, patience, and a wide streak of criminality to pull off.
example of the scheme:
Buy the authentic Marc Chagall La Nappe Mauve for $312,000.
1993: Have it copied by an expert forger and sell the forgery for $514,000.
1998: Sell the authentic work of art for $340,000.
GAIN OVER 8 YEARS: $854,000.
Buy the authentic Gustave Moreau L'Enlevement de Ganymede for
1997: Have it copied by an expert forger and sell the forgery for a $55,000
loss– price tag $229,000.
1999: Sell the authentic work of art for a bigger loss–$170,000.
GAIN OVER 3 YEARS: $399,000
are just two examples in a much wider scam charged in the criminal
complaint. Other paintings include Chagall's Les Marie
au Bouquet de Fleurs and Le Roi David Dans le Paysage Vert; Marie
Laurencin's Jeune Fille a la Mandolin; Paul Gaugin's Vase
de Fleurs (Lilas); Paul Klee's Palaste; and Pierre Auguste
Renoir's Jeune Femme S'Essuyant all pictured.
the allegations against a well known New York art dealer, arrested
yesterday and charged with 2 counts of wire fraud and 5 counts of mail
The case continues...and
we need your help. Please view the following Paintings and
Prints and call the FBI's Brooklyn-Queens Office at 718-286-7100 if
you have any information about their whereabouts or ownerships: