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October 25, 1989 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A prominent Beverly Hills art dealer was charged with five counts of grand theft Tuesday in connection with a widening police investigation into art fraud in Southern California. Lee Sonnier, former manager of the Upstairs Gallery on Rodeo Drive, was charged with failing to deliver four pieces of art that were sold for about $872,000. Three were works attributed to the Impressionist master Pierre Auguste Renoir and one was a drawing.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1991 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 16 months after authorities raided Upstairs Gallery in a sweeping investigation of phony art sales that sent tremors through the tightknit world of Beverly Hills art traders, most of the scandal has quietly faded. The gallery--ultimately declared a victim--is going out of business and charges have been dismissed against a key target of the probe.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1990 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Stanley R. Lerner, a 25-year-old UCLA dropout-turned-entrepreneurial phenom, today could be the day to say goodby to his symbols of success: the fire-engine red Porsche, the champagne fund-raisers, the Beverly Hills office with the black marble and chrome desk, the pricey paintings that hang in his Rodeo Drive gallery. Today, Lerner is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Court Judge Robert Tagasuki to be sentenced on charges of conspiracy to deal cocaine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1990 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stanley R. Lerner--the 25-year-old Beverly Hills art dealer who helped authorities crack a major art fraud case--was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison for cocaine dealing, although U.S. District Judge Robert M. Tagasuki said the time could be served in a halfway house. The judge pronounced the sentence, which also included a $50,000 fine and five years probation, behind closed doors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1990 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stanley R. Lerner--the 25-year-old Beverly Hills art dealer who helped authorities crack a major art fraud case--was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison for cocaine dealing, although U.S. District Judge Robert M. Tagasuki said the time could be served in a halfway house. The judge pronounced the sentence, which also included a $50,000 fine and five years probation, behind closed doors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1991 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 16 months after authorities raided Upstairs Gallery in a sweeping investigation of phony art sales that sent tremors through the tightknit world of Beverly Hills art traders, most of the scandal has quietly faded. The gallery--ultimately declared a victim--is going out of business and charges have been dismissed against a key target of the probe.
NEWS
October 14, 1989 | ALAN CITRON and LOUIS SAHAGUN, ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two prominent Beverly Hills art dealers have emerged as key figures in a multimillion-dollar art fraud case that is causing severe repercussions for some local art dealers as an investigation by local and federal authorities expands. A Los Angeles police affidavit obtained by The Times names Lee Sonnier, 42, former manager of the prestigious Rodeo Drive branch of Upstairs Gallery, as a primary suspect in the case. It also identifies Stanley R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1989 | ALAN CITRON and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles police art fraud investigators Thursday searched the home of Larry Groeger, one of the West Coast's leading wholesalers of popular prints, and discovered records showing that Groeger supplied "fraudulent" artworks to a popular chain of galleries raided last month, the chief investigator said.
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April 12, 1990 | DARRELL DAWSEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 1,500 of the expensive prints that art-forgery investigators seized in a raid of an Upstairs Gallery store in Beverly Hills have been deemed authentic by experts hired by the art chain, an attorney for the gallery said Wednesday. But Los Angeles police and district attorney's officials said their investigation into possible criminal art fraud by the gallery continues.
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March 16, 1990 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors this week produced the "smoking gun" in their case against Anthony Gene Tetro, whom they describe as one of the nation's most prolific art forgers: an audio tape in which a man identified as Tetro repeatedly refers to copying the works of other artists. "I did a Chagall," Tetro is heard to remark on the tape, played in Los Angeles Municipal Court. Later he answered "Yeah," when asked if he had other fake Chagalls "in the works."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1990 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Stanley R. Lerner, a 25-year-old UCLA dropout-turned-entrepreneurial phenom, today could be the day to say goodby to his symbols of success: the fire-engine red Porsche, the champagne fund-raisers, the Beverly Hills office with the black marble and chrome desk, the pricey paintings that hang in his Rodeo Drive gallery. Today, Lerner is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Court Judge Robert Tagasuki to be sentenced on charges of conspiracy to deal cocaine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1989 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A prominent Beverly Hills art dealer was charged with five counts of grand theft Tuesday in connection with a widening police investigation into art fraud in Southern California. Lee Sonnier, former manager of the Upstairs Gallery on Rodeo Drive, was charged with failing to deliver four pieces of art that were sold for about $872,000. Three were works attributed to the Impressionist master Pierre Auguste Renoir and one was a drawing.
NEWS
October 14, 1989 | ALAN CITRON and LOUIS SAHAGUN, ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two prominent Beverly Hills art dealers have emerged as key figures in a multimillion-dollar art fraud case that is causing severe repercussions for some local art dealers as an investigation by local and federal authorities expands. A Los Angeles police affidavit obtained by The Times names Lee Sonnier, 42, former manager of the prestigious Rodeo Drive branch of Upstairs Gallery, as a primary suspect in the case. It also identifies Stanley R.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 1989 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC
When Andy Warhol died, telephones at the Upstairs Gallery in Beverly Hills immediately started ringing. "Everybody was asking, 'What (Warhol art) do you have and when can I see it?' " recalled Lee Sonnier, a director at the highly commercial gallery. But last Monday, the day of Salvador Dali's death, the splashy showcase didn't get a single call about the late Surrealist's work.
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