Monday, April 29, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: MBA CLE Room
Credits: 1.0 Hour Substantive
Moderator(s): Steven Fairlie, Esq.
Speaker(s): Robert Wittman
Topic: The presentation Robert Wittman presents about high value asset and cultural property crime and law leads attendees through the multi-billion dollar worldwide business of illicit property crime and explains the laws and statutes that protect the public from fraud and abuse. Specifically, Mr. Wittman introduces cases and explains the investigative process that proves the elements of the statutes in art law. He uses videos about cases that rocked the art world. All the cases are ones he worked on personally and has excellent visuals attached to them and finally, he offers tips on the latest legal rulings involving collection and what to do when a collector acquires a fake or is involved in a theft and, more importantly, how NOT to become a victim. Robert Wittman was a presenter at the ABA meeting in August 2014, at the Minnesota Federal Bar Assoc. Annual Meeting in June 2014 and the New York City Art Law Bar Assoc. meeting in 2015. He has given presentations at the University of PA Law School, Washington College Law School in St. Louis, Villanova University Law School and many others. Wittman spent more than 20 years in the FBI and was the founder and senior investigator of the FBI National Art Crime Team and is responsible for recovering more than $300 million worth of stolen art and cultural property. Since retiring from the government he is President of the international high value asset recovery and investigation firm Robert Wittman Inc, offering expert witness testimony and consultation as well as investigative services.
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