This article, which is reprinted from the theartnewspaper.com caught my attention because this forger seems to be a bit different than our every day art world crook.. Father Scott and Mark Landis are two of the alias that this forger has used in approaching small museums and donating fraudulent works and not taking a tax donation. There appears to be no other motive other than the charade. Thirty museums have been identified as having received works of art over a period of at least 23 years.
NEW YORK. Museums and universities across the US are being targeted by a suspected art forger who has tried to donate works, complete with auction house records, that the museums now believe to be fakes. In September, a man posing as a Jesuit priest, visited the Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette, Louisiana, and tried to donate a work that the museum says was a skillful forgery.
Research into his previous donations at other museums has uncovered a history of what appear to be fraudulent gifts going back 20 years. Last month, Mark Tullos, the director of the Hilliard museum, emailed colleagues about fake donations. The email was circulated on the Museum Security Network and the American Association of Museums Registrar’s Committee listservs. According to Tullos, a man dressed as a Jesuit priest came to the museum wanting “to donate a painting in honour of his late mother. [He had] an elaborate story about his Philadelphia family—their patronage to museums. He brought an American impressionist painting he purported to be by Charles Courtney Curran with what appeared to be proof of provenance.”