Former Salander Gallery Director Avoids Jail Time, Ordered to Pay Back $1.85 Million in Restitution

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By Steve Delahoyde Comment

Speaking of the ends of legal issues, as we were in that last post, the case against former Lawrence Salander henchman, Leigh Morse, finally wrapped up last week with her sentencing. You might recall that, back in April, the former director of Salander’s gallery, was found guilty of selling millions of dollars of art from the estates of artists without letting the owners know. Salander had been convicted and sentenced back in the summer of 2010 and is expected to spend the next 6 to 18 years in prison for his roles in defrauding investors, becoming known as “the art world’s Bernie Madoff.” Morse was facing up to four years in prison herself, but wound up getting off a bit more easy. Instead, Reuters reports that she’ll be required to pay back $1.85 million in restitution, “will spend weekends in confinement for four months,” and is set to “serve probation for five years.”

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