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* Edward King of Generations Fine Art Gallery a Yountville art dealer to serve five years in prison for theft and defraudeding artists

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A Napa County judge has ordered a former Yountville art dealer to serve five years in prison and pay $500,000 in restitution to defrauded artists and art dealers, according to the district attorney’s office.Edward King, 55, of Yountville, pleaded no contest in January to 12 felony counts of grand theft and four felony counts of sales tax evasion in connection with an investigation into his art business at Generations Fine Art Gallery, according to Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein. Several artists and art dealers reported that paintings consigned to King at the gallery were missing or had been sold without any payments to artists or their representatives.A sheriff’s office investigation found that at least 11 artists were defrauded of more than $199,000.An investigation by the state Board of Equalization revealed that King also failed to pay the state $176,000 in sales taxes from 2001 to 2006.King was sentenced by Judge Stephen Kroyer.

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