Charges were filed yesterday in New York City against a dealer, Vincent Lopreto, for allegedly conspiring to sell fake editions from Damien Hirst's "dot" series of paintings. Lopreto allegedly passed off as genuine some USD $400,000 worth of counterfeit Hirst prints. Lopreto was apprehended after an undercover operation by the NYPD. Lopreto and his associates reportedly created fake certificates of authenticity and purchase receipts to establish fraudulent provenance.
Incredibly, Lopreto apparently began his most recent scheme only 15 days after being released from prison after serving a sentence for...selling fake Damien Hirst works.
Photo courtesy of New York District Attorney