7.5 in prison for mass forgery of Zrzavý paintings

The District Court in Brno has passed a sentence for the largest forgery case in Czech history. Jan Trojan Jr. was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for selling forgeries of the work of 20th century artist Jan Zrzavý for an estimated 15 million crowns. Two charged as accomplices in the case received one-and-a-half to two-year probations for painting and signing acquisition documents to the counterfeits. Mr Trojan told the court the fraud had begun as a means of cheating his father – an antiquarian – out of millions. Jan Trojan Sr. was also on trial in the case, but died last year before the end of the proceedings.