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Dealer in $80 Million Art Fraud Scheme Avoids Prison

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Glafira Rosales, center, was sentenced on Tuesday in federal court to time served for her role in an art fraud scheme.

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John Marshall Mantel for The New York Times

The Long Island woman who duped the art world by pawning off paintings by an unknown artist from Queens as the work of Modernist masters was sentenced to time served on Tuesday, more than five years after her actions helped lead to $80 million in fraudulent sales and the demise of New York’s oldest gallery.

Between 1994 and 2009 the woman, prosecutors have said that Glafira Rosales, a little-known art dealer on Long Island, and her boyfriend came up with 60 pieces that they marketed as previously unknown works by artists including Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. In fact, they had…

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