Fraudulent art at Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, 17 October 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
In Laguna Beach, California, two gallerists have been arrested for the sale of false artworks. The police have declared that the two men are suspected of having sold fake works of Damien Hirst, both online and at auction.
The men are accused of identity theft, conspiracy and fraud. They have been detained in Orange County Jail pending their extradition to New York, where the enquiry began.
According to police, most of the victims, including numerous non-Americas, bought the fakes on eBay or at auction in the United States. Investigators in Manhattan have conducted a search of the JazzArtz gallery, which the two men co-own. Detectives have come across other fake Hirsts, along with the Tools thought to have been used for their production. This is the second time that one of the men has been engaged in a fraud case, having formerly been arrested on the same charges in 2008.