Friday, March 6, 2009
Check this out -- from the website of the FBI art squad (and you thought I made them up!):
Art and cultural property crime - which includes theft, fraud, looting, and trafficking across state and international lines -- is a looming criminal enterprise with estimated losses running as high as $6 billion annually.
To recover these precious pieces--and to bring these criminals to justice--the FBI uses a dedicated Art Crime Team of 13 Special Agents to investigate, supported by three Special Trial Attorneys for prosecutions...and it mans the National Stolen Art File, a computerized index of reported stolen art and cultural properties for the use of law enforcement agencies across the world.
Please note: U.S. persons and organizations requiring access to the National Stolen Art File should contact their closest FBI Field Office; international organizations should contact their closest FBI Legal Attaché Office.uad
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Arsenic and Old Paint finds Annie Kincaid on the trail of a forged, and stolen, piece of erotica that turns up at auction, and may have been used in an insurance scam. She winds up working in an exclusive men's club on Nob Hill, investigating tunnels under Chinatown, and tracking down a stolen 600-pound statue of Hermes with the dubious assistance of her new business partner, Michael-the-ex-art-thief, and her landlord Frank DeBenton-- who may hiding something from his own past.