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|Co-Owner of Missing Corot Painting Charged with Fraud |
Thomas Doyle is shown in a prison mug shot, Wednesday Sept. 1, 2010. Doyle, an admitted art thief, is now the focus of attention in the missing $1.3 million painting of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's "Portrait of a Girl," circa 1857. (AP Photo/New York State Department of Correctional Services.
By: Larry Neumeister, Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP).- A con man carried out an "inartful fraud" when he fooled an art collector into thinking they were partners in the $1.1 million purchase of a missing painting but was actually ripping her off, a federal prosecutor said Thursday.
Thomas Doyle was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud in the dealings over a century-and-a-half-old painting by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot entitled "Portrait of a Girl."
Doyle took advantage of an investor's enthusiasm for the painting by arranging in June for her to pay $880,000 for an 80 percent ownership share of a painting that was worth $500,000 to $700,000, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.
"Doyle's alleged efforts turned out to be an inartful fraud," Bharara said.
If Doyle decorates walls with fine art in the future, the walls "may be the inside of a prison cell," said Janice K. Fedarcyk, head of New York's FBI office.
A criminal complaint in U.S. District Court in Manhattan said Doyle convinced the investor to pay him the $880,000 for the circa 1857 painting, which he was supposed to then buy for $1.1 million. Authorities said Doyle had already bought the painting for $775,000 and pocketed an extra $105,000 by charging the investor too much.
The FBI began investigating after the investor, Kristyn Trudgeon, filed a lawsuit alleging that she had been a victim of fraud in the disappearance of the painting when a man entrusted with helping to sell it claimed he lost the art in New York City in July when he was intoxicated. The lawsuit has since been withdrawn.
Doyle's lawyer, Kevin Keating, portrayed his client as a victim as he spoke to reporters before Doyle made an initial appearance in federal court.
"This appears to be a squeeze play designed to get at the location of the painting. The problem is they're going after the wrong guy. He doesn't have it. He doesn't know where it is," Keating said.
Associated Press writer Jennifer Peltz contributed to this story.
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.
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