Art Seller Scams Two Top Galleries With Fake Works

Woman sold dozens of unknown works by famous painters that turned out to be fake.
2:34 | 07/20/13

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the case of the million 46 dollar masterpieces, that say they are not worth the canvases they're painted on. The woman accused of scamming two top galleries by dozens of unknown works by famous painters. Unknown because they ended up being fake. Aditi roy is here with the story. Reporter: Intriguing story here. This 19-page indictment says galfria gonzales, was selling fake paintings, backed up by fake stories. In "the thomas crowne" affair, steals a monet from the met. Federal investigators say it is fake art behind 56-year-old glafri gonzales' scheme to get millions out of art galleries. Federal prosecutors say she claimed they were newly-discovered works by renowned masters. She says she got them from an anonymous swiss collector and a spanish collector. This was a great con. A great sale on the front end. The art gallery doubt it. Reporter: It claims rosales sold 63 works of art from 1994 to 2009, making more than $33 million. It says that rosales made up her story about her overseas suppliers, hid her funds in foreign bank accounts and. For someone to pass a forgery, is not that difficult if you have an excellent forgery. Reporter: It didn't end there. Investigators say the galleries purchased the works and sold the fake art to clients, who collectively paid more than $80 million for it. Some of the clients have filed civil suits against rosales and officials at the gallery, claiming they all knew the art was fake. A lawyer for one of the purveyors, telling abc news, quote, not one of the experts who viewed the paintings before their sale, questioned their authentic authenticity. An alleged art caper as complicated as the paintings. Rosales pled not guilty in her a I rainment yesterday. Her civil defense lawyer tells abc news, quote, my client has never knowingly sold any art that she knew to be forged. If convicted of all counts, she faces a maximum of 59 years behind bars. Quite a story. All right. Aditi, thank you.

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