Posted: Aug 9, 2011 9:24 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A man who worked for a New Orleans art dealer has pleaded guilty to a fraud charge for his role in a plot to sell forged paintings he claimed to be the work of a renowned Louisiana folk artist.
Federal prosecutors say Robert E. Lucky Jr. conspired with a Baton Rouge couple, William and Beryl Ann Toye, to sell fake Clementine Hunter paintings to unsuspecting art collectors.
Lucky faces up to 20 years in prison following his guilty plea Monday in Alexandria to one count of mail fraud.
The Toyes already have pleaded guilty in the case.
Hunter, who died in 1988 at age 101, taught herself to paint while living in Natchitoches Parish. Her paintings depict scenes of plantation life and can sell for thousands of dollars apiece.