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Gallery operator, painter indicted for counterfeiting artist's works

All News 11:21 April 18, 2017

SEOUL, April 18 (Yonhap) -- A gallery operator and a painter have been indicted on charges of selling forged artworks of renowned South Korean artist Lee U-fan, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The 59-year-old dealer, identified only by his last name Kim, and the 57-year-old painter, surnamed Park, are accused of pocketing 1.9 billion won (US$1.67 million) by selling two pieces of fabricated works of Lee in 2013, according to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office.

Kim's 46-year-old wife, identified only by her last name Koo, was also put on trial for her involvement in the alleged wrongdoings, prosecutors said.

A number of people have been indicted so far after local authorities launched an investigation into the forgery allegations. Police said they were tipped from the local art circle that counterfeits of Lee's signature paintings, such as "From Dots" and "From Lines" worth billions of won, had been circulated in galleries in Seoul's Insadong neighborhood from 2012 to 2013.

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