Alleged art scammers offered diversion

01:15, Apr 19 2012

Two Upper Hutt alleged art scammers have been offered diversion by the police.

Eliyahu Daniel Shafir, 23, and Alessandra Constanza Frigero-Briones, 34, are jointly charged with obtaining $750 by deception.

The pair were allegedly part of a scam in the Silverstream area, where door-to-door salespeople were attempting to sell artwork.

Prospective buyers were lead to believe the works were one-of-a-kind and worth more than they were.

It is understood the artworks were pictures bought in bulk from China for a small sum and sold for between $150 and $400 each.

The pair yesterday made a brief appearance in the Upper Hutt District court, sitting in Lower Hutt, and were remanded on bail until May 16 to complete diversion requirements.

If they have completed the requirements by this date, the charges will be withdrawn by the police.

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