Bolton forgers must pay

LONDON. Bolton forgers the Greenhalgh family have been ordered to repay some of the buyers of their fakes (The Art Newspaper, January 2008, pp1,6-7). Bolton Crown Court instructed the Greenhalghs to pay £363,707 to Bolton Museum (partial reimbursement for the forged Egyptian Amarna Princess), £37,975 to Sotheby’s (for the “Gauguin” sculpture of a faun and other works) and £2,567 to the Henry Moore Institute (for a “Hepworth”). The total of £404,249 represents the assets seized during the police investigation into the case. Shaun Greenhalgh (aged 47) was given a four year and eight month sentence last November, while his father George (84) and mother Olive (83) received suspended sentences. On 17 April Shaun’s brother, George Jr (51), was given a suspended sentence in connection with the transfer of £10,000 from the sale of a fake. M.B.

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