The other suspect is Jonathan Markell, co-owner of the Silk Roads Gallery on La Brea Avenue.He
runs the gallery with his
wife Cari and specializes in Asian and Buddhist art.
unwittingly divulged info to the undercover agent as well.According to the warrant, he
went so far as to suggest that LACMA
knew of looted pieces, but had pursued them anyway.He
also said they were "sticklers" for doing background checks on pieces.
"They knew," claimed Markell
, about an artifact, which was sought after by LACMA
.It was an item, which was shipped from Thailand after a law passed prohibiting the export of the item in question, said the warrants."Markell
said that LACMA
had found a loophole, but he
was not clear on what that loophole was."
Both the art world and the public will soon know what's to come of the matter, following the government's multiple searches, and when and if, charges are filed against the Olson, Markell
and usually upstanding institutions.