Octogenarian couple pleads guilty to fraud over Egyptian statue fakery

October 19, 2007 20:41

An octogenarian couple pleaded guilty Friday to tricking an English museum into buying a fake Egyptian statue for hundreds of thousands of pounds (dollars; euros). George and Olive Greenhalgh, 84 and 83 respectively, admitted selling the forged relic to the Bolton Museum in northern England for more than 400,000 pounds (US$815,000; €570,000) and laundering the money. Their son Shaun, 47, pleaded guilty to the same offenses in July. The 20.5-inch (52-centimeter) statue, known as the Amarna Princess, was said to represent one of the daughters of Pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti. Purportedly more than 3,000 years old, the figure also featured in an exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London, which was opened by Queen Elizabeth II.

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