Aaron Freedman suffers from MS and is in a wheelchair. He says the condition made it difficult to get work at a reputable gallery so, instead, the 41-year-old helped sell and falsify ownership for stolen Indian artifacts. Freedman has now admitted this in court, according to the New York Post late last week:
Freedman worked at the now shuttered Madison Avenue gallery Art of the Past for twenty years and helped Subhash Kapoor, 64, create fake ownership histories and peddle the valuable idols to leading museums and private collectors all over the world. […] Freedman admitted he helped Kapoor steal and hide a $15 million sandstone statue stolen from India of the goddess Yakshi gracefully standing beside a tree. The Princeton NJ resident also confessed to selling and shipping a $5 million statue of the Hindu deity Shiva to the National Gallery of Australia in 2007.