Escondido Man Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Selling Forged Art


Last updated 12/10/2021 at 1:23pm

SAN DIEGO - An Escondido man who pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge for selling $1.1 million of forged artworks he claimed were created by acclaimed artist Richard Hambleton was sentenced today to three years in prison.

Jason Harrington, 38, admitted to selling forgeries to at least 15 galleries and individuals between 2018 and 2020, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors allege Harrington gave prospective buyers letters from people who said they obtained the artworks, in which they claimed to have

received the pieces from Hambleton himself. On one occasion, H...

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