After more than two decades as the assistant to Jasper Johns, James Meyer pleaded guilty on Wed. to stealing and selling 22 works from the artist's studio.
Meyer swiped unfinished works from a file drawer in Johns's studio in Sharon, Conn.,according to the indictment. and he then created fake inventory numbers for the works.
From 2006 to 2012, Meyer sold 22 pilfered works through a New York gallery for a total of about $6.5 million, and personally pocketed nearly $4 million, according to the indictment and his plea deal.
He faces up to ten years in prison, must repay the $4 million, and could pay more fines