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Art Thief claims reality tv show footage can prove his innocence

painting$100,000 worth of artwork was allegedly stolen from a Kings Point estate by Joselito Vega, a hired house painter, in 2012.  Vega was arrested after authorities were notified about video footage caught by a hidden camera during the filming of CBS’s reality show, “Brooklyn DA,” which later aired over a three episode played out drama documentary on the DA Charles Hynes’ office during his re-election.

Vega claims he was approached by Michael Schulhof, the home owner’s son, to sell the works.  One of which was insured for $200,000 and promised to the Guggenheim Museum upon his mother’s death; an insurance scam.

According to Vega’s lawyer, “Up until his arrest, Vega didn’t believe that there was anything wrong or illegal with this arrangement,” his car was searched after the arrest containing proof of his story, yet the evidence in the vehicle as well as CBS footage was never turned over by prosecutors.

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About Alyssa T. Rehs

Alyssa Rehs is a fourth generation Art Dealer at her family owned art galleries, Rehs Galleries, Inc. and Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City, New York. She received an Art History degree from the University of Rhode Island in 2012 as well as interned at Christie’s Auction House, New York City. Using her art historian degree, gallery experience, and a summer spent working at the auction house, she has a well rounded understanding of the art market. Alyssa appreciates the market from multiple standpoints; art lover, art buyer and art seller!


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