This undated photo of Antonio DiMarco is provided by the Broward County Sheriff's Office. (Broward County Sheriff's Office via AP)
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A fine art consultant in New York and an interior designer in Florida stole an elderly woman's identity and used it to bid millions of dollars on famous paintings and defraud the renowned Sotheby's auction house, federal prosecutors allege in court filings. Joakim von Ditmar and Antonio DiMarco are accused of using the identity of a wealthy, 80-year-old retiree to place winning bids on two paintings at a Sotheby's contemporary art auction in the fall of 2017 .The FBI said in court papers that DiMarco gave Sotheby's a letter- purportedly signed by the retiree- authorizing DiMarco to bid on her behalf.The FBI said von Ditmar and DiMarco tried at least two other times to buy works of art using the retiree's identity.
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