Jason Felch, an investigative reporter who writes about the trafficking of stolen art, described Wiener's business as "one of the country's most prestigious Asian art galleries on Manhattan's Upper East Side," on his blog Chasing Aphrodite.

    The 12-page complaint, which is signed by Special Agent Brenton Easter of the Department of Homeland Security, reads less like a court filing than an art heist thriller.

    It tells of an elaborate scheme, carried out with co-conspirators around the world, to buy stolen artifacts and then cover up their origin to make hundreds of thousands of dollars selling them.




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