SFV Man Pleads Guilty in Fake Basquiat Case

A former auctioneer from North Hollywood who admitted he helped create and verify 25 fake Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings that were seized from the Orlando Museum of Art last year pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges.

Michael Barzman, 45, entered his plea to making false statements to the FBI during an interview in August, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In his plea agreement, Barzman admitted that he and an associate — identified in court documents as J.F. — created the fake Basquiats in 2012 after hatching a plan to market the bogus artwork.



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