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Former secretary to Imelda Marcos sentenced to 2 to 6 years and $3.5 million payment to New York State
In this photo provided by the United States Attorney’s Office in New York, shows an 1887 painting by Alfred Sisley entitled “Langland Bay.” Vilma Bautista, one time secretary to Philippine’s first lady Imelda Marcos, was indicted in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, on charges of conspiracy, tax fraud and offering a false instrument for filing for attempting to illegally sell this work and others that disappeared as Ferdinand Marco’s regime collapsed in the late 1980’s. United States Attorney’s Office.
NEW YORK, NY.- The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today announced that Vilma Bautista, former secretary to Imelda Marcos, has been sentenced to 2 to 6 years for tax evasion – and ordered to pay the State $3.5 million in taxes.

The sentencing took place today in New York Supreme Court.

In November, a Manhattan jury found Bautista, 75, of 188 East 64th Street, New York City, guilty of first-degree criminal tax fraud, fourth-degree conspiracy, and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

Bautista sold Claude Monet's "Le Bassin aux Nympheas" for $28 million. The piece of art is one of the artist’s famed paintings in his Water Lilies series.

The sale was not reported as income on Bautista’s 2010 personal income tax return, and as a result she was ordered by the court to pay New York State $3.5 million in taxes on the sale.

The Tax Department’s Criminal Investigations Division worked closely on the investigation and prosecution of the case with the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

“We commend District Attorney Vance for his successful prosecution of this extraordinary case,” said Commissioner of Taxation of Finance Thomas H. Mattox. “We will continue to work with all levels of law enforcement to bring individuals who commit tax crimes to justice.”





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