The police on the island of Crete have arrested 5 folks for making an attempt to promote a cast work for 12 million euros. The 5 are accused of promoting pretend artworks attributed to well-known artists akin to Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and others.
The painted pretend artworks had been bought to non-public people, artwork collectors and public sale homes overseas. The gang claimed to prospects that among the work weren’t recognized to most of the people. The 5 arrested ought to have collected a complete of 6 million euros by promoting the pretend work.
The gang consisted of a 35-year-old man, chief of the gang, his 61-year-old father who would “paint” the artworks, a 69-year-old girl from Romania who would contact patrons, a person , 59, who was in control of packing, transport , supply, assortment and supply of false paperwork in addition to a lady, 48, proprietor of a seal store who would provide the gang with false seals.
The investigation adopted an incident in Sofia, Bulgaria, in February 2023, the place authorities prevented the sale of a pretend portray for 12 million euros. In cooperation with the Bulgarian authorities and Europol, the Greek police tracked down the gang.
In subsequent searches of homes and a warehouse in Attica, 10 work, seals, paperwork, certificates of authenticity, brushes and portray supplies and a metallic oven for ageing art work and canvas had been discovered and confiscated.
Consultants thought-about the work present in Attica to be fully cast, media reported.
The gang has been lively and promoting work since not less than 2014.
*pictures through Greek Police