A South Florida art dealer was given a 23-month federal prison sentence on Tuesday for his role in a plan to sell imitation Andy Warhol paintings. According to the court documents, 69-year-old defendant Daniel Elie Bouaziz was given a sentence in federal court in Fort Pierce.
In February, he pleaded guilty to money laundering in exchange for dismissing 16 counts of fraud and embezzlement. A restitution hearing for Bouaziz is set for August 16th, and he was fined $15,000.
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Bouaziz, proprietor of Danieli Fine Art and Galerie Danieli in Palm Beach County, was accused by prosecutors of selling a customer fake Warhols and other works of art in October 2021.
Investigators said Bouaziz told the buyer that the artist signed some of the artworks he was selling for up to $240,000 and were worth the asking price.
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FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A South Florida art dealer was sentenced Tuesday to 2 yrs, 3 months in federal prison for Warhol forgery scheme.
The art dealer tried to sell fake Andy Warhol paintings.
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Officials claim that the customer transmitted $200,000 to Bouaziz, who then mixed it with his money and transferred it to other accounts. Pop art of the 1960s is often linked with Warhol, an American painter and filmmaker.
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