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Gallery Owner Enters Plea Agreement in Picasso Fraud Case

A Los Angeles woman was charged with wire fraud, witness tampering, and making false statements to the FBI last January, after she was accused of hiring a man to create a fake Pablo Picasso painting, which she ended up selling for $2 million. Associated Press reports that the defendant, Tatiana Khan, could have faced up to 25 years in prison for the charges. But with her skilled Los Angeles criminal attorney, she was able to get away with doing much less time.

With this case, the Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer proved to be very helpful because the attorney was able to establish a plea deal with prosecutors. Through the plea agreement that was filed last month, Tatiana Khan pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI and witness tampering.

Tatiana Kahn, who owns an art gallery in West Hollywood, admitted to paying an artist $1,000 to duplicate a 1902 Picasso called "The Woman in the Blue Hat" and then admitted to advertising the Picasso piece as an original and selling it for $2 million. The plea deal calls for the defendant to spend no more than 21 months in prison for the crime. But it's possible that the gallery owner may even get off with even less time, if the Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer is able to make a good case in court.

When it comes to fraud cases or white collar crimes, plea bargains are generally encouraged by the court system. FindLaw states that plea bargains have even become something of a necessity due to overburdened criminal court calendars and overcrowded jails. Such deals are also of course beneficial to the person who has been accused of a crime.

Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys who have knowledge of all the elements of a crime or charge can do a good job of negotiating a criminal plea arrangement. A list of criminal defense attorneys in the area can be found in our Related Resources links.

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