- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut art dealer faces sentencing Tuesday for fraud involving the sale of an imitation Marc Chagall lithograph.

David Crespo of Brandon Gallery in Madison pleaded guilty in September 2013 to one count of mail fraud.

Federal prosecutors say Crespo represented reproductions of lithographs of the 20th century master painter as originals and sold one to an undercover FBI agent for $2,000.

Original lithographs are authorized reproductions of a piece of artwork, map, or text that have been created using a distinctive printing process. The FBI searched the gallery in 2012 and found packages of Chagall prints and apparent attempts at Chagall signatures.

The indictment included 12 counts and alleged that Crespo defrauded his customers by falsely representing that artwork he sold were original Chagall lithographs and Pablo Picasso pieces.

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