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New York Art Dealer Pleads Guilty to Having Dealt Stolen Art

By David Klein, OCCRP, 8 October 2021 OCCRP — The owner of a swanky Manhattan art gallery, who sold ancient artefacts to major auction houses like Christies and Sotheby’s, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to knowingly have dealt in stolen goods, the anti-antiquities trafficking NGO Antiquities Coalition announced. Read More

Secrets and lies: the role of restorers in art crime

The arrest of the British antiques restorer Neil Perry Smith in July is not the first instance of a restorer becoming embroiled in crime. Smith was extradited to the US and charged on 29 counts for his alleged cleaning and repairing of antiquities for Subhash Kapoor, the dealer accused of… Read More

Fake Banksy NFT sold through artist’s website for £244k

A hacker has returned $336,000 to a British collector after he tricked him into buying a fake NFT advertised through the artist’s official website. A link to an online auction for the NFT was posted on a now-deleted page of The auction ended early after the man offered 90%… Read More
20th August 2021
One of Italy’s most wanted men, an alleged top drug trafficker suspected of having bought two stolen Van Gogh paintings on the black market, has been arrested in Dubai. Raffaele Imperiale, an alleged kingpin in the Naples-based Camorra organised crime syndicate, was arrested on 4 August, Italy’s state police… Read More
13th August 2021
The nonfungible token space has been a hive of activity over the past month or so but there could be more going on than meets the eye as concerns emerge over the sector’s involvement in money laundering and tax evasion. Crypto investor and uber-bearish crypto commentator Mr. Whale has drawn… Read More
9th August 2021
Transparency International — The evidence is clear: anonymous shell companies enable kleptocracy, tax evasion, wildlife crime and arms trafficking. For far too long, the corrupt and criminals have been able to hide behind secretive corporate structures without leaving much trace. What’s more, the globalisation of world trade… Read More
30th July 2021
A German art collector was sentenced to three and a half years in prison less time she’d already served after admitting to an art fraud involving the fake sale of a $1.3 million yellow pumpkin sculpture by Yayoi Kusama. Angela Gulbenkian pleaded guilty in London to allegations that she took… Read More
26th July 2021
Caps are being put on the amount that bank customers can transfer online amid a national crackdown on money laundering and fraud. NatWest was the first big name to tighten the limit on what people can transfer using the faster payments service, which enables immediate transfers. The daily transfer limit… Read More
22nd July 2021
By David Klein, OCCRP, 22 July 2021 OCCRP — A British national was extradited to the United States on Tuesday and charged for his role in the decades-long smuggling operation of Subhash Kapoor, a New York art dealer who specialized in looted antiquities from Central and… Read More
30th June 2021
Portuguese art collector Joe Berardo, who was once one of the country’s richest men and showcased major works by Miró and Mondrian in his own museum, was detained by the police on Tuesday in an investigation of money laundering and fraud. Berardo has been under scrutiny by authorities for years,… Read More
29th June 2021
Senator Paul Laxalt was in a classified briefing about political chaos in the Philippines when an assistant interrupted: He had an urgent phone call from Manila. On the other end of the line was Ferdinand Marcos, the country’s president. Marcos wanted to know if it was true that Ronald Reagan… Read More
21st June 2021
The federal agents who raided a drug dealer’s house in a suburb of Philadelphia found marijuana and, to their surprise, $2.5 million in cash stashed in a secret compartment beneath a fish tank. But they were even more surprised to discover so much art — 14 paintings on the walls… Read More
1st June 2021
By Nina dos Santos, CNN, 30 May 2021 CNN — It is the biggest legal fight the art world has ever witnessed: a Russian oligarch, who claims he was ripped off buying multi-million-dollar masterpieces, versus a Swiss art dealer who says it was just business. Now, after six… Read More