Czech art forger draws prison sentence

Oct. 7, 2009 at 9:27 AM
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BRNO, Czech Republic, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Notorious Czech art forger Jan Trojan Jr. must serve 7 1/2 years in prison, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Trojan was given the sentence for selling 160 forgeries of paintings by the late Czech artist Jan Zrzavy and other rare Czech artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries, the Czech news agency CTK reported.

An accomplice was given a suspended sentence, observers said.

CTK said Trojan had previously received a 3-year sentence, but that penalty was invalidated by the Czech Supreme Court. He has the chance to appeal the latest sentence, as well.

Authorities say Trojan's father, Jan Trojan Sr., led the gang of art forgers but died during the investigation.

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