FBI Raids Offices of Chicago Art Dealer

FBI Raids Offices of Chicago Art Dealer
Though the New York tabloids have been getting plenty of mileage out of the ongoing drama surrounding the mysterious theft of a Corot, it seems that Chicago papers may be able to revel in some art-crime hijinks of their own, starting today. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that it raided the offices of Chicago–based art dealer Richard H. Love yesterday and seized business files, Chicago Business reports.

Love, an American art specialist, has been the subject of lawsuits from angry clients for years, with many claiming that he failed to pay up money from sales of works that they consigned to him. "More than a few cases were settled in arbitration," Chicago Business reports.

If Internet commentary can be any judge, Love seems to have at least one outstanding fervent enemy. On the Chicago Business article, a poster helpfully shared Love’s mobile phone number and declared that he was "the biggest art crook in the USA."

Last year, Love closed his gallery, though his daughter, Julie Love operates Chicago’s Holby Gallery in Chicago, which is attached to the her father’s offices. Both Loves have long maintained that their businesses are separate entities and unrelated, according to the paper.