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Palm Beach Art Dealer Charged With Selling Fake Basquiat, Warhol

Shoppers outside boutiques on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.

Shoppers outside boutiques on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.

Photographer: Brooks Kraft/Corbis/Getty Images

An art dealer in Palm Beach, Florida, has been charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering for allegedly selling forged works from artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Banksy and Roy Lichtenstein to unsuspecting clients.

Daniel Elie Bouaziz, a French citizen born in Algeria, allegedly marketed the works from his Danieli Fine Art and Galerie Danieli galleries located on the city’s prestigious Worth Avenue, the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida said Friday in an emailed statement. Some of the fraudulent pieces were inexpensive reproductions that were sold for tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars as original works.