Thursday, April 18, 2024

The Art Of Freedom – Feckless Fraudster Inigo Philbrick Freed From Clink

Matthew Steeples reveals that £70 million art fraudster Inigo Philbrick has been disgracefully freed after just 1-year and and 8 months in jail in spite of being sentenced to 7-years in the clink

Art buyers everywhere beware; “The Talented Mr Philbrick” – as The New York Times’s Jacob Bernstein dubbed “vain” and “greedy” Inigo Philbrick in March 2020 – is once again a free man.


Featured in an article by The Daily Mail’s Richard Eden this morning after a certain someone tipped them off, this 35-36-year-old American of age uncertain even (Wikipedia list this swindler as having been born in either 1987 or 1988) was released from prison on the 10th February 2024 according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.


In spite of being sentenced to just over 7 years in the clink for his fraudulent crimes, Philbrick’s release comes astonishingly exactly 1 year, 8 months and 18 days since he was sent down on 23rd May 2022. He had previously spent one-and-half years in prison after being captured by the FBI whilst on the run in Port Vila, the capital of the Pacific isle of Vanatu on 11th June 2020.


Devious degenerate Philbrick will now spend two years under conditions of supervised release. He will, however, most likely never repay the £67.8 million ($86 million) that he was ordered to repay in fraud restitution by Southern District of New York judge Sidney H. Stein. Other notable presided trials presided over by “fair-minded… giant of the court” Stein have numbered Senator Bob Menendez and Real Housewives of Salt Lake City ‘star’ Jen Shah.


Victims of this father of two by two different women, mouthy Made in Chelsea menace Victoria Baker-Harber and “Buenos Aires–born art adviser turned perfume maker” Francisca Mancini, included billionaire brothers David and Simon Reuben, art dealer Jay Jopling and son-in-law of Marc and Denise Rich art collector Kenny Schacter.


Philbrick’s ex-McKinsey & Company employee associate Robert Newland was separately sentenced to nearly two years in jail for his part in the crime. He was ordered to pay £53.3 million ($67.5 million) in restitution and forfeited four paintings and a Jean Prouvé desk.


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Matthew Steeples
Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.


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