NY man accused of fake $11M Johns sculpture scheme


NEW YORK (AP) — A New York foundry owner has been arrested on a charge he tried to sell a fake Jasper Johns sculpture for $11 million.

The U.S. attorney’s office says in 1990 the well-known American artist provided Brian Ramnarine with a mold for a famous 1960 sculpture called “Flag” to make a wax cast. Prosecutors say Ramnarine made the cast but never returned the mold.

Court documents say 20 years later Ramnarine tried to sell a bronze flag made from the original mold without the artist’s knowledge and using the artist’s forged signature.


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Ramnarine was arrested at his Queens home on Thursday. He has been indicted on a charge of wire fraud and would face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Attempts to contact Ramnarine were unsuccessful.

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