Extradition to US for Spanish dealer in big art fraud case

Spain’s National Court ruled Tuesday that a businessman accused of being part of a group that commissioned and sold US$33 million in high-priced fake art passed off as famed expressionist works can be extradited to the United States to face charges in New York City. The court issued the ruling for Jesus Angel Bergantinos Diaz, who is indicted in New York on federal charges of being part of the ring that created, and sold to Manhattan art galleries, fake art attributed to artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell.