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Germany’s $14 Million Art Forgers Jailed for Total 15 Years

An art forger and his three accomplices, who made at least 10 million euros ($14 million) by selling oil paintings they falsely attributed to famous artists, were today sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison by a court in Cologne.

Wolfgang Beltracchi, 60, was sentenced to 6 years in jail after he confessed to painting 14 works that he sold as masterpieces by Max Ernst, Max Pechstein, Heinrich Campendonk, Andre Derain, Fernand Leger and Kees van Dongen.