Vero Beach Man Pleads Not Guilty To Art Fraud
MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A Vero Beach man accused of selling a Los Angeles art collector forgeries of works by Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock and Claude Monet has pleaded not guilty.
Matthew Taylor entered the plea Monday in a Los Angeles federal court to seven felony counts, including wire fraud and money laundering.
He is scheduled to go to trial April 3.
Prosecutors say the 43-year-old former art dealer is accused of altering paintings from unknown artists to make them appear to be from their famous counterparts, then selling the bogus pieces at sky-high prices.
Authorities say he also placed fake labels on the artwork to claim they were once part of prestigious collections at museums like the Guggenheim in New York.
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