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United States v. Wiseman

United States v. Wiseman, No. 89-CR-00125 (D. Haw. 1989), aff’d, 991 F.2d 804 (9th Cir. 1993).


The president and majority stockholder of Honolulu-based Center Art Gallery, William Mett, and its vice-president and director, Marvin Wiseman, were both convicted of multiple counts of mail and wire fraud for selling thousands of forged Salvador Dali prints. The artworks were later sold at a court-ordered auction in an attempt to recover some of the costs of the investigation.

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