Former Philippines First Lady's Aide Convicted In Art Heist

Law360, Los Angeles (November 18, 2013, 8:57 PM EST) -- A Manhattan jury on Monday convicted a onetime aide to former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos of stealing a famous Claude Monet painting and selling it for $32 million without disclosing the sale in tax returns, according to prosecutors.

After deliberating for 2 1/2 hours, the jury found Vilma Bautista, 75, guilty of offenses including conspiracy and tax fraud, according to New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Prosecutors said Bautista, who served as Marcos' personal secretary for two decades, had stolen four paintings from a Philippine consulate townhouse in Manhattan and sold one, a Monet water lily painting....
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