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Former aide to Imelda Marcos sentenced for sale of stolen art

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 - 01:21

Jan.13-Vilma Bautista was sentenced to six years in prison, but allowed to leave court. Jennifer Davis reports.

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Vilma Bautista, a former aide to Imelda Marcos, walked out of court Monday while her lawyers appeal a sentence of up to six years in a New York state prison. She was sentenced in relation to a scheme to sell four museum-quality pieces of art that once belonged to the former Philippine first lady, including a Claude Monet water-lily painting that netted $32 million dollars. Her attorney spoke with the media. (SOUNDBITE) FRAN HOFFINGER, ATTORNEY FOR BAUTISTA, SAYING: "Really, we don't have a whole lot to tell you, but we will be filing an appeal and the appeal is going to be somewhat expedited, and we're hoping that the appellate division agrees with us." Prosecutors said for more than two decades Bautista secretly held on to the artwork she knew was stolen from a Manhattan townhouse once used by Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos until she began selling pieces in 2010. Her lawyers argue she was given permission to sell the art, and planned to return the money to the Philippine government. (SOUNDBITE) FRAN HOFFINGER, ATTORNEY FOR BAUTISTA, SAYING: "You know what? We're so happy that the judge granted bail pending appeal, and I think I'm just going to leave it at that at this point." The seventy-five year-old was a close confidante to the former Philippine first lady, serving as her unofficial New York-based personal secretary from the early 1970s through 1986. A judge released her on $275,000 bail while the appeal is pending. The next hearing will be scheduled for May 13th.

Former aide to Imelda Marcos sentenced for sale of stolen art

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 - 01:21

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