FBI busts promising painter for selling forged art.
Christian Rosa Weinberger, aka “Christian Rosa”, used to be a rising star of the art world. Unfortunately, he opted to become part of a scam scheme rather than building his own oeuvre.
Now, Rosa is accused of selling at least four forged works, purportedly “Wave Series” paintings from the hand of the well-known artist Raymond Pettibon. Unsuspecting art collectors paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to acquire these artworks. To make matters even worse, buyers were provided fake certificates of authenticity.
In early 2021, the press exposed the scheme. Weinberger fled the country, and he is still at large today. And since October, the FBI presses charges against him. If Weinberger is convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.