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Art World Star Faces Multiple Charges

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Art World Star Faces Multiple Charges

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Art World Star Faces Multiple Charges

Art World Star Faces Multiple Charges

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Alberto Vilar, once hailed as one of the most generous donors in the art world, is free on bail after being charged with fraud. Vilar, a Cuban immigrant, has pledged some $250 million to support opera, ballet and orchestra projects. He is now charged with defrauding a friend out of $5 million. His bail terms require that Vilar sell his art collection.