We’ve Been Had

So. . . funny story.

I got a letter in the mail today about a criminal proceeding. It called me and my husband “victims,” and gave us victim ID’s and all sorts of information about the perpetrators and how they plead and whatnot. They told me that I should feel free to contact their office if I wanted to discuss how the crime had affected me emotionally or financially.

Thing is, I didn’t know that I WAS the victim of a crime.

I did some googling and found out that the gallery that sold my husband and I several paintings, was involved in fraud. Apparently, they bought cheap-o paintings from China and then passed them off as the work of local artists, which allowed them to jack up the price significantly. My understanding is that works of art from China are not considered “investments.”

Luckily, my husband and I buy stuff we like. We would, of course, prefer to support local artists. We plan to do so in the future. Truth is, one of the four paintings we purchased is a “fraud.” Thankfully, I like the way it looks in my house, no for us, it’s fine.

Still. . . weird.

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  1. Wow, weird! But I’m with you: If it looks good on the wall, so be it! Although the gallery should offer you some money back, I think.

  2. The gallery owners are facing a 250,000 dollar fine and five years in federal prison.

  3. That’s definitely different.

  4. that is weird…i guess I’d be a little ticked if I was just a collector and paid a ton of money for a painting just for the sake of collecting…but if you like it then what difference does it make?

  5. Ya, definitely weird!!! Although hey maybe you can get some money back! But those class action suits always remind of that John Grisham book – which reminds me that it’s the lawyers who make 99% of the money!

  6. Nadine Hightower says:

    yes weird.

  7. White Hot Magik says:

    Who would of thunk? Speaking of art I found a modern art museaum in our area that I had no idea existed and it was really great!

  8. blairspage says:

    That is very weird! It’s a good thing you like it though!

    I hope you, hub and little Charlie are doing well!

    Hugs – Tiffany

  9. Your such a mark. They saw you coming a mile away:) You should post a picture so we know which one you were induced into buying. This is heavy duty federal crime stuff. Cool!

  10. CRAZY!

  11. WILD!!!!

    I buy art I like, too, not just as “investments”.