Renton man admits glass art scam; he claimed it was by Chihuly

Staff writerJune 19, 2013 

A 35-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday and will be sentenced in October for selling art he fraudulently claimed was created by Tacoma native Dale Chihuly.

Michael Little of Renton was convicted of one count of wire fraud during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Seattle, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.

Little faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Federal investigators said Little bought various pieces of generic glasswork and artwork that he later advertised on the Internet as creations of Chihuly, who is world renown for his glass art. Little also forged authentication paperwork, court records show.

Little made at least $40,000 selling the artwork, federal prosecutors said.

He was busted when a buyer had an expert examine some of the pieces, and the expert determined they were fakes, records show.

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