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New York Foundry Owner Sentenced in Jasper Johns Sculpture Scam

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Brian Ramnarine.

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An ex-New York foundry owner has been sentenced today to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for attempting to sell fraudulent sculptures by the likes of Jasper Johns and others, the AP reports.

Brian Ramnarine, 60, had previously worked for Johns in 1990, creating a flag sculpture using a mold given to him directly by the artist. After the job, Ramnarie kept the mold and used it to make counterfeit work, which he attempted to sell for as much as $11 million.

Ramnarine was arrested in 2012 and sold even more fake sculptures (purportedly by Robert Indiana and Saint Clair Cemin) while out on bail. According to the New York Daily News, in addition to his 30 months, Ramnarine required to pay $34,250 in restitution for those sales.

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