The Art Newspaper has more on the arrest of German art advisor Helge Achenbach. Maybe the authorities just aren’t familiar with art world markups:
Further details have emerged in the case against Helge Achenbach, the leading German art adviser who was arrested on 10 June on suspicion of fraud. According to the German business newspaper Handelsblatt, which cites the 24-page criminal complaint, Achenbach is accused of allegedly defrauding the late Aldi-supermarket heir and art collector Berthold Albrecht of €18m. There is also “early suspicion” that Achenbach allegedly defrauded another client, says Anette Milk, the senior public prosecutor in Essen.
A valuation of the Albrecht’s estate following his death two years ago raised concerns, and the collector’s heirs filed a complaint with the state prosecutor’s office in Essen, in April. The heirs claim that Achenbach falsified invoices to inflate the purchase prices for works of art and vintage cars he bought for Albrecht. The mark ups raised the level of Achenbach’s commission from Albrecht, they say.
Fraud investigation into German art adviser widens (The Art Newspaper)