Alan Kass, 73, owner of Kass/Meridian Gallery, or KMG, Sawyer K. Cade, 47, also of Chicago, and John Panos, 64, of New York and Florida, made or sold what they claimed were limited-edition prints by artists including Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall and Salvador Dali, according to an indictment handed up Tuesday.
sold hundreds of counterfeit prints and other artworks falsely advertised as being original prints by famous artists, many of them obtained through Panos from a New York-based art dealer, Leon Amiel Jr.
, according to the charges.
To help their part of the scheme along, Kass
and Cade -- who also goes by "Alexander E. Swing" and "Xander Swing" -- created fake certificates of authenticity for some of the prints, the government said.