- Associated Press - Saturday, March 11, 2017

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - A federal appeals court has sided with a California artist against a billionaire developer he says put forged copies of his sculptures at office and housing projects.

The Orange County Register (https://bit.ly/2nh7LT5 ) says the court ruled this month that Donald Wakefield should receive $450,000 and the fakes must be destroyed.

An attorney for Igor Olenicoff of Newport Beach says he’s assessing legal options.

Wakefield says he and a colleague created a granite piece in 1992 that was destined for Chicago. But in 2008, it apparently was seen in Newport Beach, near Wakefield’s Rancho Cucamonga home.

Eventually, Wakefield says eight knockoffs were found.

The developer’s attorney says Olenicoff thought the works were from a Chinese artist.

Wakefield believes the developer just didn’t want to pay for the real thing.

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