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OPINION
December 9, 2008 | By Hershel Shanks
Nina Burleigh (" Hoaxes from the Holy Land” Op-Ed article, Nov. 29) is unwilling to consider the possibility that the now-famous bone box inscribed "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus" is authentic. This is despite the fact that the Jerusalem judge in the case, after listening to the state's witnesses for more than three years, is of the view that the government has failed to prove the inscription is a forgery and should consider dropping the case. Burleigh's view after the judge's pronouncement remains the same as in her book, "Unholy Business.
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NEWS
November 9, 2008 | Alexandra Olson and Patrick McGroarty, Olson and McGroarty write for the Associated Press.
Leonardo Patterson made his first archaeological find at age 7 in a yam field in his native Costa Rica -- a piece of clay pottery his cousin said could be thousands of years old. It launched a lifelong fascination with pre-Columbian art, and a career checkered by charges of smuggling and selling forgeries. In April, Munich police seized more than 1,000 Aztec, Maya, Olmec and Inca antiquities from Patterson after an international investigation and a chase across Europe. "The guy is legendary in the field," said Michael Coe, a retired Yale anthropology professor who told authorities that a 1997 Patterson exhibit in Spain included possible fakes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein
FBI agents arrested a Los Angeles woman Thursday on suspicion of using counterfeit documents and forging the names of two federal judges in an attempt to free her husband from state prison, where he is serving time on a murder conviction, authorities said. Danielle Denise Jones, 27, a supervisor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was charged with forging court seals and judges' signatures on court documents, said Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman. Jones was released on $50,000 bond.
NATIONAL
August 6, 2008 | From the Washington Post
The Bush administration and former top CIA officials denounced a new book's assertion that the White House ordered the forgery of Iraqi documents to suggest a link between Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and the lead hijacker in the Sept. 11 attacks.
WORLD
January 28, 2008 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
The most outspoken opposition politician vying for the Russian presidency was thrown out of the race Sunday, accused by elections officials of forging tens of thousands of signatures. The disqualification of former Prime Minister Mikhail M. Kasyanov was immediately decried by opposition figures and analysts, who said the decision was a politically motivated attempt to silence a vocal critic of the government and maintain an image of uncontested Kremlin popularity.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2007 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
If you happen to have dropped a grand or two at Costco on a signed, limited-edition art print by Cao Yong, a Chinese immigrant painter of popular romantic cityscapes, he wants to grab it and burn it. Costco reached a settlement this week with Yong in an art-counterfeiting suit he had brought in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An Orange County sheriff's deputy has been arrested on suspicion of trying to obtain medication with a forged prescription, Newport Beach police said Thursday. Gerald Edward Williams, 48, of Newport Beach was arrested Tuesday, Sgt. Evan Sailor said. Williams' work assignment was at Theo Lacy Branch Jail. He has been placed on administrative leave pending a personnel investigation by the department, spokesman Jim Amormino said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2007 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
A former death penalty investigator pleaded guilty Monday in Sacramento County Superior Court to perjury, forgery and falsifying documents on behalf of four death row inmates. Under terms of a settlement deal, Kathleen Culhane pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery, one count of perjury and one count of filing false documents, said Culhane's defense attorney, Stuart Hanlon.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2007 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
A brisk little British caper film, "Fakers" turns on a desperate petty criminal's attempt to simultaneously sell forged copies of a rare sketch by a minor Italian artist to several London galleries within a stone's throw of one another. Matthew Rhys stars as the charming crook, Nick Edwards, who owes 50,000 pounds to a psychotic crime boss played by Art Malik, and has four days in which to pay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2007 | Evelyn Larrubia, Times Staff Writer
A retired nurse entrusted by judges and federal officials to manage the affairs of disabled veterans pleaded guilty Monday to forging documents and lying to the court in order to steal from one of her clients, a veteran suffering from psychosis and seizures. As part of the deal prosecutors struck Monday with Anne Chavis, 73, charges involving seven other clients will be dismissed, but Chavis will have to reimburse all victims named in the 15-count complaint.
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