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United States v. Ramnarine

United States v. Ramnarine, 12-cr-826-001 (JGK) (S.D.N.Y. filed Nov. 15, 2012).

This criminal fraud case brought the artist Jasper Johns to the witness stand to testify that a foundry owner whom he had hired decades earlier had created and fraudulently attempted to sell an unauthorized copy of one of his Flag sculptures for $11 million.

In 1990, Defendant Brian Ramnarine, owner of the Empire Bronze Art Foundry in Long Island City, Queens, was commissioned by Jasper Johns to make a wax cast of a mold of a Johns 1960 Sculpt-metal Flag painting. Ramnarine created the cast, but never returned the mold despite instructions to the contrary. . .

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