First fine art crime investigation seminar open to the public planned for Philadelphia

art_crime.jpgFor the first time ever, Robert Wittman Inc. is hosting a five day Art Crime Investigation course that’s open to the general public, June 12-17, 2011. The Philadelphia event will largely be based on the same investigative techniques Wittman used in training the FBI’s Art Crime Team. However the seminar’s focus will be much more broad. Topics up for review involve recovery, security and protection issues in many aspects of the art industry.

Wittman is partnering with three other respected officials of the art theft recovery world:

Robert Goldman
Robert E. Goldman spent 32 years working as a local and federal
prosecutor. He prosecuted the first case in the nation under the
federal Theft of Major Artwork Statute (18 USC 668) resulting in the
first federal convictions under this law. Mr. Goldman was appointed
by the Department of Justice as the first At Large prosecutor in the
nation for the FBI Art Crime Team. Today, he is the principle in the
law firm of Robert E. Goldman Esq. and practices art law on a
private basis.

James McAndrews
James E. McAndrew has worked with the U.S. government for more
than 27 years, first with the United States Customs Service and then
with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He is an expert
on international art and antiquity investigations and on customs and
international trade law.

Herbert Lottier
Herb Lottier has been the Director of Protection Services at the
Philadelphia Museum of Art, the fourth largest art museum in the
United States, since 1996. He manages a security force of 175
contract officers and 35 proprietary supervisors. Prior to his
current profession, Mr. Lottier served for 21 years in the
Philadelphia Police Department. For the last six of those years he
held the rank of Captain.

During his 20-year career with the FBI, Wittman recovered more that $225
million worth of stolen art and cultural property resulting in many
prosecutions and convictions of numerous individuals. Wittman, along with John Shiffman, wrote the book “Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures” (Crown Publishing, 2010), a memoir of his crime-fighting career. Antique Trader published a review of this book last year and it remains one of my absolute favorite books on the art and antiques trade.

One of the many cases Wittman is currently working on involves recovering “Spring” and “Summer,” two important oils by Corrado Giaquinto,
which were stolen June 1, 1960 from a private home in Washington. You can read more about the works and a $25,000 reward below.

To learn more about the seminar, visit Wittman’s site.

-Posted by Eric Bradley

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