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    A former Rhode Island art dealer convicted of defrauding a wide range of investors _ from a wealthy collector of Japanese swords to a school janitor _ was sentenced to 16 years in prison Thursday for his elaborate multimillion-dollar scheme.

  • Former RI art dealer convicted in $6M con case

    A former Rhode Island art dealer was convicted Wednesday of defrauding a wide variety of investors _ from a wealthy Japanese sword collector to a school janitor _ in an elaborate multimillion-dollar con.

  • Prosecutors call RI art dealer a ruthless con man

    A federal prosecutor said during his closing argument Monday that a former Rhode Island art dealer charged in a $6 million fraud case is a ruthless con man, but a defense attorney countered that his client is the victim of his accountant, a greedy business partner and investors who want their money back.

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows Rocco DeSimone, a Rhode Island native and former art dealer convicted of tax evasion after selling a painting by impressionist Claude Monet.  DeSimone took the stand in his trial Thursday, March 10, 2011, redirecting blame to the accountant he says handled his business dealings. (AP Photo//U.S. Marshals, File)

    RI man accused in $6M con says witnesses lied

    As his trial drew to a close, a former Rhode Island art dealer said Friday that witnesses lied to the jury in claiming he duped them in what prosecutors call a $6 million con.

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