Man steals Warhol, sells fakes
BOSTON: A Massachusetts man was arrested on Wednesday and accused by federal prosecutors of stealing two Andy Warhol paintings from a former college classmate and then using them to produce knockoffs that he sold on eBay.
Brian Walshe, 43, sold two forged Warhols to the owner of a Los Angeles gallery for $80,000 in 2016, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Boston.
According to authorities, Walshe had the real paintings, which he had stolen from a former classmate at Carnegie Mellon University who is now living in South Korea. Walshe, a resident of Lynn, Massachusetts, was charged with one count of wire fraud. According to the complaint, in 2016, the gallery owner found a posting for the two Warhol paintings, which were from his “Shadow” series, on eBay.