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St. Paul man sentenced in stolen art scam

Published 10:16am Tuesday, January 15, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul man has been sentenced to three years of probation for claiming his pricey art had been stolen and then collecting insurance money.

A federal judge also ordered Jason Sheedy to pay more than $325,000 in restitution to insurance companies. The 39-year-old Sheedy could have gone to prison for more than two years.

Federal prosecutors say Sheedy claimed some valuable artwork had been stolen from a van while he was moving in September 2007. The following year he filed insurance claims and was sent checks totaling about $345,000. In 2011, Sheedy listed six of the painting he said were stolen on an art brokerage website.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/X1dOox ) says an art theft registry business spotted the paintings and alerted police. Sheedy pleaded guilty to wire fraud last year.


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