Friday, January 2, 2015

Convicted Madison art dealer re-arrested after sales on eBay

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Investigations Editor
An art dealer convicted of mail fraud for selling fraudulent artwork was re-arrested Wednesday and charged with violating the conditions of his release for allegedly continuing to sell misrepresented art — this time on eBay.
Following his latest arrest, David Crespo, 59, of Guilford, appeared before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Janet C. Hall Wednesday. Hall remanded Crespo into custody pending his sentencing, now scheduled for Jan. 16.
Hall told Crespo he is accused of engaging in mail and wire fraud within the last few days, by offering art for sale on eBay that is not what it is said to be in the listing descriptions.
“Under the conditions of your release, you shouldn’t commit another crime,” Hall said. “I have evidence in front of me of the fraudulent sale of artwork that is not what it purports to be.”

Read more of this Dec. 31 story here

Read the New Haven Register's prior coverage, regarding Crespo's eBay sales and the FBI inquiry here.

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