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Man gets 7½ years for moving hot art, tax evasion

Posted: July 13, 2013 8:00 a.m.
Updated: July 13, 2013 8:00 a.m.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say a Florida man convicted of selling and possessing paintings stolen from a Los Angeles art gallery and tax evasion has been sentenced to 7½ years in federal prison.

A U.S. attorney's statement Friday says 44-year-old Matthew Taylor of Vero Beach must also pay more than 1.2 million in restitution, some of it to two art galleries, but most to the IRS.

In August, a jury found Taylor guilty of selling a stolen Granville Redmond painting for $85,000, claiming it was his mother's.

Taylor was also found guilty of knowingly possessing a stolen Lucien Frank painting and trying to pass it off as by a different artist.

Taylor was previously charged with selling forgeries of multi-million-dollar masterworks by Van Gogh and others, but that was dismissed before trial.

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