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Art Dealer Pleads Guilty To Fraud Charge

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut art dealer has pleaded guilty to a federal charge stemming from the fraudulent sale of an imitation Marc Chagall lithograph.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 59-year-old David J. Crespo of Guilford pleaded guilty Tuesday in New Haven to one count of mail fraud.

Authorities say Crespo, who conducted business under the name Brandon Gallery in Madison, obtained reproductions of original Chagall lithographs, but represented to potential customers that they were original lithographs. They say one sale was to an undercover FBI agent.

Chagall is widely considered to be among the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century.

Crespo is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 26.

A message left with his attorney was not immediately returned.

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