Macro operation in Castellón against counterfeiting with seven arrests

Agents of the National Police assigned to the Generalitat with some of the confiscated works.
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Until seven people were arrested, six of which have already been convicted, under the an operation that was performed in. was developed Castellón against counterfeit works of art. The Historical Heritage Group of Generalitat Police has thus completed an investigation in which up to 27 paintings were confiscatedMost of which were fake copies by such well-known artists as Francisco de Goya, José Benlliure, Cecilio Pla or Nicolás Falcó. The prisoners The pictures were marketed for 1.2 million euros on the Internetas today from sources of the Ministry of Justice.

As a result of the special offer it was possible to prove that 18 of the paintings were falseTwo were authentic plates, four were “worthless decorations” and the rest “whose falseness could not be determined”. You describe from Justice that among all paintings of genuine authorship, the one with the highest value is ‘La Inmaculada’, Goya, “which was offered to the public for 900,000 euros.”

The behavior of the accused was studied by the agents from the very first moment, by the Trigger that led to the identification of “The Adoration of the Magi”, by Nicolás Falcó, a work that triggered the operation after being acquired by a notary for 18,000 euros. If the buyer offers it for sale on the legal market for 45,000 euros “Counterfeit was discovered “. According to the ministry, “they deceived investors by doing the work with.” false certificates of authenticity “.

The authentic work identified with the highest value is “La Inmaculada” by Goya. Mediterranean Sea-

From that first complaint The Generalitat Police contacted the fraudster and found that he was part of a network “which had more than 30 works for sale online.” The agents assure that the fakes they were carried out “with very little costly methods”such as putting a small sheet of paper on top of the signature to exchange for another; reuse the canvases on both sides; imitate the crackling technique by burning the canvas with a blowtorch, or even imitate a work on display at the Bernat Museum in Barcelona.

The technicians of Institut Valencià de Conservation, Restauració i Investigació (IVCR-i), the Museum of Fine Arts of València and the director of the Benlliure Museum were tasked with examining the authenticity of the paintings.

The Minister of Justice, Gabriela Bravo, in relation to the resolution of this case, has indicated that the investigations of the Patrimony group of the Generalitat Police have “reached” disable a new illegal network for the sale and purchase of art and the presence of a number of works on the black market “.

Six of the seven detainees were convicted by the Criminal Court No. 3 of Castelló. Three must serve 10 months’ imprisonment and another three out of three months.

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