So a priest walks into an art museum...
January 22, 2011 5:18 AM Subscribe
posted by Brodiggitty (46 comments total)
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A Jesuit priest arrives at an art museum in a red Cadillac and parks across two handicap spaces. The frail man has a generous donation of artworks for the museum. He wants neither cash nor a tax receipt for his gift. The problem is, he isn't a priest and his donations are all forged.Meet Mark Landis.
While museums and galleries are spreading the word
about what he does, it seems he can't be charged with a crime.
The difficulty is that, however annoying and disruptive Landis’s activities may be for museums, he does not seem to have broken the law. “The criminal statute [of fraud] says there must be a loss and that’s the problem. There hasn’t been a loss to any victim,” says Robert Wittman, an investigator who used to run the FBI’s Art Crime Team.