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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 11:35

Pastor gets Jail Time for Attempting to Sell Forged Damien Hirst Paintings

Spin painting by Damien Hirst. Spin painting by Damien Hirst. Damien Hirst

Miami pastor was sentenced Monday to six months in jail for peddling bogus examples of some of British artist Damien Hirst's signature paintings.

Kevin Sutherland had faced a possible seven years in prison in the attempted grand larceny case, which accused him of knowingly trying to sell five fake Hirsts for $185,000 to an undercover detective. Sutherland, who plans to appeal, said he was just an art-world tyro who got confusing signals about the pieces' authenticity.

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