Sunday, February 12, 2023

Owner of art gallery charged with wire fraud and bank fraud for allegedly deceiving multiple customers


[He], 69, is one of several victims in what the F.B.I. has called a criminal scheme by [the gallery owner] to swindle older collectors, including an 89-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease, out of $1.6 million worth of fine art photos.

[The gallery owner] allegedly went to great lengths to deceive her clients, according to court documents, creating email addresses for nonexistent employees, making up a double lung transplant and other medical emergencies, and swapping one client’s signed photograph with a $405.26 purchase from the Ansel Adams Gallery’s gift shop.