A New York City antique dealer admitted to selling thousands of fakes for three decades, mass producing phony specimens in offices behind his midtown showroom and hiring a company to hide Google reviews.
Mehrdad Sadigh appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to seven felony counts. including forgery and grand larceny.
'Over the course of three decades, I have sold thousands of fraudulent antiquities to countless unsuspecting collectors,' Sadigh said, according to a statement he read in court.
'I can only say that I was driven by financial greed.'
Prosecutors allege that for decades Mehrdad Sadigh passed off fake artifacts as ancient relics to unsuspecting customers
Prosecutors say Sadigh stored and manufactured fake items in rooms behind the gallery, which was on an upper floor of a Fifth Avenue building
Prosecutors seized thousands of fake artifacts stored in the back room of