Boston art heist solved? Nope, only rascal attempt, prosecutors say


BOSTON A West Virginia male was arrested on Monday and charged with fraudulently claiming he could sell some of a $500 million in design stolen from a Boston museum a entertain century ago, even yet he had no entrance to a long-sought masterpieces.

Todd Andrew Desper, 47, of Beckley, West Virginia, was indicted of using a intrigue in that he offering to sell Rembrandt’s “Storm on a Sea of Galilee,” and Vermeer’s “The Concert,” dual of a 13 artworks stolen from a Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Mar 1990 in a largest art heist in U.S. history.

That burglary stays one of a highest-profile unsolved crimes in Boston history, and Desper’s try to woo buyers in cities including Venice and London led some collectors to tip off a museum’s executive about a offer to sell a span of paintings for $5 million, sovereign prosecutors said.

Desper, who used a alias “Mordokwan,” was charged with handle rascal and attempted handle fraud, and could face adult to 20 years in jail if convicted.

An profession for Desper did not immediately respond to a ask for comment.

The Gardner heist was carried out by dual group dressed in military uniforms who apparently captivated a night confidence ensure who had buzzed them in.

Due to a gift in Gardner’s will, a dull frames that hold a paintings sojourn on a walls of a museum she built to residence a collection she amassed with her husband.

The art contingency be displayed a approach it was during her lifetime, preventing curators from unresolved new works, and withdrawal a consistent sign of a theft.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Peter Cooney)


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