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United States v. Vitrano; Vitrano v. United States

United States v. Vitrano, No. 05-cr-01264 (S.D.N.Y March 2, 2006)See also: United States v. Vitrano, No. 07-cv-00462 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 28, 2007); Vitrano v. United States, No. 06-cv-06518 (S.D.N.Y. April 14, 2009).

This criminal case, which involved the sale of forged artworks to unwitting customers on eBay, highlights some of the potential risks involved in purchasing “art” though on-line auctions.  The on-line merchant – an ex-convict who had previously served time in prison for art-related crimes – made the forgeries appear credible by creating bogus provenances and authentications.  He also . . . .

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