Palm Beach art dealer schemed to sell forged artwork

PALM Beach front, Fla. — A Palm Seaside artwork dealer was in federal court Friday to confront multiple rates in link with a scheme to sell forged higher-conclude artwork.

The case will involve Galerie Danieli on Really worth Avenue, which was raided by federal agents led by the FBI and its art crime workforce in December.

Art dealer Daniel Elie Bouaziz is billed with a scheme to sell paintings and other artwork that he falsely promoted for sale as initial or authentic items by several notable artists, a legal grievance affidavit alleges.

Officials reported he tried to go off bogus artwork, boasting it was developed by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Banksy and Roy Lichtenstein.

Palm Beach art dealer schemed to sell forged artwork

U.S. Office of Justice

Feds say this phony George Rodrigue perform was staying bought by Danieli Fantastic Artwork.

Bouaziz is accused of marketing the fraudulent art from his Really worth Avenue galleries — Danieli Fantastic Artwork and Galerie Danieli.

Federal investigators reported victims unknowingly bought the fraudulent items — some of which were reasonably priced reproductions — in some conditions for hundreds of hundreds of dollars. 

Bouaziz is accused of acquiring very low-price tag reproductions from online auction sites, substantially marking up the selling prices and then offering the functions to victims as originals.

Investigators reported he used various practices to deceive his victims, which include falsifying a work’s provenance and adding a signature to a piece to make it show up authentic and boost its perceived worth. 

Bouaziz also laundered cash he been given from the fraudulent artwork plan, according to the affidavit.