A Michigan gallery owner was arrested by the FBI for counts of theft and forgery of famous photographs by Ansel Adams. The gallery owner allegedly defrauded mostly elderly clients when they trusted her to sell the photographs on their behalf. Altogether the combined value of the works is estimated to be around the region of $1.6 million.
Wendy Halsted Beard was arrested on Friday after police raided her home in Birmingham, Michigan. She was charged with mail and wire fraud and accused of orchestrating a scheme involving photographs that she received on consignment.
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