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Stolen art sale gets Imelda Marcos ex-aide 6 years in NY prison

Published on Jan 14, 2014 6:15 AM
 
Vilma Bautista, the ex-secretary of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, arrives for sentencing at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York on Jan 6, 2014. Bautista was sentenced on Monday to up to six years in a New York prison for a scheme to sell art that once belonged to the former Philippine first lady -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Imelda Marcos' former secretary was sentenced on Monday to up to six years in a New York prison for a scheme to sell art that once belonged to the former Philippine first lady, including a Claude Monet water-lily painting that netted US$32 million (S$40.4 million).

Vilma Bautista, 75, was convicted in November of conspiracy and tax fraud charges related to the sale or attempted sale of four museum-quality paintings acquired by Marcos during the two decades that her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, was president of the Philippines.

The art disappeared around 1986, when Marcos was ousted from power. He died three years later.

A New York state judge sentenced Bautista to between two and six years in prison for the count of tax fraud and between one and three years for the conspiracy charge.

 
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