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Vic police to return fraudster's paintings

AAP logoAAP 18/11/2016

Paintings seized by police investigating Australia's largest art fraud will be returned to the art conservator who has since been convicted for his role in creating and selling fake Brett Whiteley works.

The Victorian Court of Appeal ordered that paintings attributed to renowned Australian artists Charles Blackman and Howard Arkley be returned to Mohamed Aman Siddique, 67, who successfully appealed a magistrate's ruling that they didn't have the power to direct the return of seized items.

Siddique will also appeal his conviction on charges of gaining financial advantage by deception and attempting to gain financial advantage in relation to the Whiteley paintings.

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