Fraudster Who Sold Fake Picassos On TV Sentenced
A woman who sold fake Picasso, Dali and Chagall artwork as the real thing on a television auction show was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles announced Tuesday.
Authorities say La Canada resident Kristine Eubanks, 52, along with other suspects, sold the forgeries through Fine Art Treasures Gallery, telling viewers the pieces were picked up at
"estate liquidations all over the world." The scam brought in $20 million, federal officials said.
Eubanks was sentenced on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, interstate transportation of stolen property and to filing a false income tax return. The show aired on weekend nights on DirecTV and the Dish Network, federal authorities said.
Her husband, 54-year-old Gerald Sullivan, was scheduled to be sentenced next month on similar charges related to his part on the scam.
Feds seized $3.8 million from bank accounts connected to the couple.
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