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United States v. Martinez

United States v. Martinez, No. 1:02-cr-00903 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 27, 2003).

Defendant Alfredo Martinez, a homeless artist in New York City, borrowed two Jean Michele Basquiat drawings for a show he was organizing and made copies. Martinez later borrowed the certificates of authenticity for the works and made copies of them. Martinez sold the fakes, then tried to sell five more pieces. A gallery tipped off the FBI, who set up a deal with Martinez and arrested him when . . . .

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