Calif. Men Accused Of Selling Fake Damien Hirst Art On Ebay

Law360, New York (October 4, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT) -- Two California art gallery owners were arrested Wednesday and are awaiting extradition to New York on fraud and identity theft charges in an alleged scheme to sell counterfeit pieces of artwork that they billed as originals by English artist Damien Hirst, police announced Thursday.

Vincent Lopreto, 48, and Ronald Bell, 49, both of Laguna Beach, Calif., were taken into custody by Laguna Beach police on New York warrants following an investigation into victims' claims they bought Damien Hirst artwork on eBay that turned out to be...
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