A young french artist Henri Baptiste aged 26 has been found guilty of faking major works of art by the Prefecture de Justice in Nantes France and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.
Artworks originally by famous French artists such as Monet, Pissarro, Degas and Renoir were siezed in a raid at the young artists studio apartment in the Belves area of Nantes.
The police were alerted to the scam by an ananamous french lady that bought one of the works at auction on a famous internet site and when delivered to her noticed the signature of Pissarro to only contain one r spelt Pissaro.
She alerted the police immediately and Baptiste was arrested.
The artist later admitted in court that about 5 other works have been sold on the open market at flea markets and boot sales around the Nantes area over the last 12 months and the police have advised anyone with a painting believing it to be a great Master to check the spelling and contact them if in doubt.
The judge in his summing up told the young artist that he was a promising young talent and refered him to dyslexia program before sentencing him to 3 years imprisonment.