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84 Month Sentence For Art Fraudster Inigo Philbrick Then Newland Pled, Asks for No Jail

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 11 – Inigo Philbrick was charged with art fraud, with a link to Angela Gulbenkian. 

On November 18, 2021 Philbrick pleaded guilty to one count, and to forfeit $86 million, before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Sidney H. Stein. Inner City Press live tweeted it here and below

From Nov 19, 2021: now guilty plea by art dealer Inigo Philbrick, linked to... Angela Gulbenkian, of UNSG  Antonio Guterres  hidden CEFC China Energy bribes fame. Here's "MADE IN DECEPTION – GULBENKIAN AND PHILBRICK" 

Note: "The Gulbenkian foundation in Portugal were keen however to distance themselves from the debacle" - kind of like Gulbenkian foundation and UN briber CEFC China Energy, or UNSG  Antonio Guterres  so keen to distance he bans Press, here

On May 23, Philbrick was returned to Judge Stein's courtroom to be sentenced, brought in by two US Marshals. Philbrick was sentenced to 84 months in prison. The gallery was full and Inner City Press was there and live tweeted, thread here

 AUSA: I just looked at the 302 from the flight from Vanuatu. He was blaming it on Robert Newland. Later we tried to corroborate things. We offered him a plea without the mandatory minimum for aggravated identity theft.

AUSA: To prosecute Robert Newland, we do not anticipate calling Mr Philbrick as a witness. [From the docket: the US "is seeking Newland's extradition from the UK."]

On September 23, 2022, the day after he arrived by extradition, "ROBERT NEWLAND, the business partner of art dealer INIGO PHILBRICK, who specialized in post-war and contemporary fine art with galleries in London, United Kingdom, and Miami, Florida, pled guilty today before United States District Judge Sidney H. Stein to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for perpetrating a multi-year scheme to defraud various individuals and entities in order to finance PHILBRICK’s art business.  NEWLAND, a citizen of the United Kingdom, was arrested in the United Kingdom on February 23, 2022, and extradited from the United Kingdom to the United States on September 22, 2022."

He was released on $400,000 bond, secured by $200,000 cash.

On September 11, Newland's lawyers filed a 73 page sentencing submission asking for no jail time at all - "a lengthy period of home confinement in concert with community service." Amid redactions, it describes the Lego in Rob's house. It asserts that Philbrick will serve only 58% of his 84 month sentence. We'll have more on this.

The case is US v. Philbrick, 20-cr-351 (Stein) 


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