Art Crime

Connecticut Art Dealer Indicted for Fraud

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The Brandon Gallery. (Courtesy Google Maps)

David J. Crespo, a Connecticut art dealer, was indicted on 12 counts of fraud for about $225,000 in fraudulent sales of Picassos and Chagalls.

According to the Hartford Courant:

The FBI arrested David J. Crespo, owner of the Brandon Art Gallery on the Boston Post Road, in April for selling so-called Picassos. The indictment formalizes the charges and adds additional frauds involving the Chagalls, one of which Crespo, 58, allegedly sold to an undercover FBI agent.

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In addition to allegedly selling “cheap reproductions as originals or signed lithographs,” Crespo is accused of fabricating documents authenticating the phony works.

[via Art Market Monitor]

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