Feds Get Off a Couple of Good Ones in Painting-Fraud Case


Witnesses at today's hearing for Thomas Doyle, the convicted felon involved in the case of a nineteenth-century painting that went missing under odd and hilarious circumstances, got a special treat: an impromptu comedy routine from a couple of federal prosecutors. First up, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara:

"Doyle's alleged efforts turned out to be an inartful fraud," Bharara said.

If Doyle decorates walls with fine art in the future, the walls "may be the inside of a prison cell," said Janice K. Fedarcyk, head of New York's FBI office.

Ha, yeah, this con artist has sure painted himself into a corner, right guys? Meh. Let's not quit our day jobs.

Co-owner of missing painting charged with fraud [WSJ]