Episode 57: Portrait of Fraud

Case File

American Greed: Fine Art Fraud Preview
A televised art auction appears to showcase masterpieces. American Greed takes you inside a picture perfect art scam.

Portrait of Fraud

  • The Entrepreneurs
  • Kristine Eubanks is a Los Angeles based entrepreneur. Together with her husband and a fast talking auctioneer, they create a diabolical plan to sell big quantities of bogus art and unauthorized prints on live TV.
  • Fine Art Treasures Gallery
  • They launch a national televised auction called Fine Art Treasures Gallery. The live TV show offers viewers a chance to bid on "rare" artwork at bargain basement prices. The paintings are advertised as signed by such artists as Picasso, Chagall, Dali and Rembrandt.
  • Art Fraud
  • The show reached viewers across the country. Business was booming and Fine Art Treasures Gallery made millions of dollars from an unsuspecting audience. But soon the auction winners discovered, looks can be deceiving.

Web Extras

  • American Greed: Fine Art Fraud Preview     Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    A televised art auction appears to showcase masterpieces. American Greed takes you inside a picture perfect art scam.

  • The Real Deal on Fake Art Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 3:31 PM ET

    How to make sure the work of art you’re buying isn’t a forgery.

  • Forged Certificates     Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    Learn more about Kristine Eubanks' forged Certificates of Authenticity from Los Angeles Police Detective Don Hrycyk.

  • Art Crime Team     Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    FBI Special Agent Christopher Calarco explains how the Bureau's Art Crime Team was created.

  • Fine Arts Treasures Gallery     Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    Watch a portion of the Fine Arts Treasures Gallery television program.

  • Evidence Seized from Fine Art Treasures Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 9:50 AM ET

    Photos of artwork and evidence seized when warrants were served at Fine Art Treasures Gallery.

  • Temchin Fraud Report Friday, 7 Sep 2012 | 2:22 PM ET

    Fraud Report from victim Myron Temchin highlights the scam by Fine Art Treasures Gallery.

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