Oct 16, 2014 2:02 PM

Foundry owner get 2 years for art scam

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) A former New York foundry owner has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for trying to sell counterfeit sculptures that he passed off as the work of Jasper Johns.

Federal Judge John Koeltl sentenced 60-year-old Brian Ramnarine on Thursday.

Ramnarine had done work for Johns in the past, including casting a sculpture of Johns' classic 1960 "Flag" painting. Prosecutors said Ramnarine kept the mold and used it turn out unauthorized copies of the sculpture, forging Johns' signature on the back of the creations.

Prosecutors said he tried to sell one of the knockoffs for $11 million.

Johns testified at Ramnarine's trial that he had hired Ramnarine because of his excellent work. But he said the sculptures Ramnarine tried to sell were fakes.


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