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United States v. Sakhai

United States v. Sakhai, No. 04-cr-583, (S.D.N.Y. July 6, 2005) (plea agreement).

See also: Takeuchi v. Sakhai, No. 05-cv-06925 (JSR) (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 17, 2006).

Ely Sakhai, a New York gallery owner, bought original paintings and had other artists make copies. Sakhai would then sell the copy in Asia (often with either the original certificate of authenticity or a copy of the original certificate) and sell the original painting in the Western market. This activity continued from 1985 until 2003. Following a six-year FBI investigation, Sakhai and his gallery assistant, Houshi Sandjaby, were indicted for conspiracy. In addition, Sakhai was indicted for eight counts of wire fraud and mail

fraud . . . .

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