NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A house painter has been accused of stealing artwork from a Kings Point mansion and selling at least one of the pieces to a gallery in California, officials announced Monday.
Joselito Vega, 42, of Easton, Pa., faces charges of money laundering, identity theft and grand larceny.
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Vega was hired in March 2011 to do work at the Schulhof Estate where 300 works had been collected by the deceased parents of Michael Schulhof.
Vega allegedly stole three works of art, including Le Fauteuil II (the Armchair II) by French artist Jean DuBuffet, which ended up at the Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif.
“Of course you’re always disappointed when you place trust in someone and you feel that the trust is violated,” Michael Schulhof told CBS 2’s John Slattery.