The U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Missouri on July 15, 2011 released the following:
“St. Louis, MO – The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that Brent Farris, former owner of the Farris Gallery, was sentenced to 14 months in prison.
In 2004 Farris was sentenced to 20 months in prison and ordered to pay $300,000 in restitution. Farris was released on bond until such time he was directed to serve his sentence. When directed to appear to begin serving his sentence, Farris instead fled abroad. The U.S. Marshals tracked Farris through approximately 14 different countries on three continents for five years. Farris obtained a false British passport in order to aid his flight. Farris also used the passport to live and work in China, and attempt to travel throughout Asia and Europe undetected.
Based on information provided by the U.S. Marshals, Italian authorities arrested and detained Farris in Rome, Italy in 2009. He was confined in an Italian prison for a period of time, then released to house arrest while the United States sought extradition. Farris absconded from Italy while awaiting extradition. He was finally apprehended and detained in 2010 in Guadalajara, Mexico by Mexican Immigration officials acting on information obtained from U.S. law enforcement, and deported back to the United States, where he was met and placed into custody by the U.S. Marshals. He was charged with failure to appear, for which he was sentenced today. The new sentence will be served consecutive to the original sentence he is now serving.
“The Marshal’s Service deserves a tremendous amount of credit for their perseverance and tenacity in the pursuit of Mr. Farris,” stated U.S. Attorney Rich Callahan.
In July 2004, Farris pled guilty to one count of bankruptcy fraud. He admitted with his plea that in January 2002 he transferred ownership of an oil painting to another person. He then had the person auction the painting at Christie’s in New York City in order to conceal the proceeds in the bankruptcy.
BRENT FARRIS, St. Louis, Missouri, appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge Catherine D. Perry.”
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