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Jury Selection Set for Rindge Mother and Son Accused of Art Forgery

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Jury selection begins Wednesday in the strange case of a New Hampshire mother and son accused of selling forged art works to a prominent collector.

Lorettann Gascard and her son Nikolas are accused of selling two dozen forged works by the painter Leon Golub to Andrew Hall. Gascard is a former art history professor at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge. She claims she was a student of Golub in the 1960s.

[You can read NHPR’s previous coverage of this story here.]

Hall purchased 24 paintings from the Gascards, but claims he discovered they are forgeries while preparing to exhibit the works. He’s seeking more than $500,000 in damages.

The Gascards maintain that the works are authentic, though Nikolas admits that he made up names for some of the paintings.

The five-day jury trial will begin later this month in federal court in Concord.

Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.
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