Man steals Warhol, sells fakes

The Sunday Guardian - - The Week -

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.

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