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Gallery operator indicted for counterfeiting S. Korean artist's works

All News 11:29 June 08, 2016

SEOUL, June 8 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors said Wednesday they have indicted a 66-year-old gallery operator on charges of forging art works made by renowned South Korean artist Lee U-fan.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said the suspect, identified only by his surname Hyeon, is accused of receiving some 1.3 billion won (US$1.1 million) in 2012 for drawing and selling three fake art works.

The 66-year-old allegedly received an offer from an unidentified antique dealer to fabricate Lee's works in 2011, in return for 50 percent of the profits, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors said the investigation is still under way as the suspect testified that he created some 50 forgeries together with another accomplice, whose identity was withheld.

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