ART NET NEWS – A 29-year-old owner of an estate sales company has pleaded guilty to selling fake Peter Max paintings, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut announced. Between April 2020 and January 2022, Nicholas P. Hatch of Ridgefield, Connecticut used a variety of websites, including Estatesales.org, to sell 145 fraudulent artworks to 43 collectors for an estimated $248,600. He often used aliases to hide his identity from buyers and made counterfeit certificates of authenticity to accompany his products. This week, Hatch waved his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.
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