Thursday, April 07, 2011

Robert De Niro's dad's paintings

Leigh Morse has been cleared of bilking actor Robert De Niro in the sale of his dad's paintings.Stanley Cohen is a Robert De Niro fan, so he's sorry he wasn't able to convince his fellow jurors that corrupt Salander-O'Reilly Galleries worker Leigh Morse had swindled the actor out of $65,000, even though she had money from the sale of his father's paintings wired to her personal bank account. "I apologize to Mr. De Niro," Cohen said. "I'll see him in the movies." Morse, however, was convicted of plotting to take $5 million from four foundations, and now faces four years in prison. "Because the art industry is largely unregulated, it is particularly important to hold accountable those who fraudulently handle works of art entrusted to them," a Manhattan district attorney said. - ARTINFO

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