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Former Marcos aide to be charged in painting disappearance

Published on Nov 20, 2012 9:15 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A former aide to one-time Phillipine first lady Imelda Marcos is expected to be charged on Tuesday in New York with crimes relating to paintings that disappeared after the fall of the Marcos government, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

Ms Vilma Bautista, a New York resident and one-time secretary to Mrs Imelda Marcos, will be charged by the Manhattan District Attorney in connection with four paintings in her possession, including some by Impressionist artists, said another source.

Some of the paintings hung in a Manhattan town house used by Mrs Marcos when her husband, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, was in power, one person said.

The probe comes a quarter century after the Philippine dictator was forced out by an uprising and fled the country in 1986. Mrs Marcos, known for her extravagant lifestyle and thousands of shoes, is not expected to face charges in the case.

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