False Invoicing

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69TH-YEAR NO. 205 FIFTH AVENUE ART STORE SEIZED FOR SMUGGLING Duvcens' Establishment /"Operations More Than $l,OQO,OOO^Two Members of Firm Arrested. N SPECIAL ACENIS famed With Warrants--Operations Extended OTer Many Years--All Firm Members Implicated--One Arrested on tania--Both Gare Bond--Other Members Out of Town. Hew Tork. Oct. 1J.-- The entire Fifth Avenue establishment of the five Duveen brothers, known the, world over as deal- em In rare art objects and antiques, waa seised by federal officers lato this afternoon. mid Benjamin J. Duve«n, th» oily member of the firm In the city ht the tbn», wu« arrested. rharged with conspiracy to defraud the government of customs dues. Henry A. Wise, United States district attorney. In asking for heavy ball, said that the frauds would reach more than 11,000,009, and that all four brothers and an uncle, who maXe up the firm, wore Implicated. Ball was fixed at 150,000, which was promptly clven and D'jveen wai released. Arrr«te4 »· LusHiala. Henry J. Duveen, the uncle, was arrested on the Cunard liner Lusltanla when th* vessel reached quarantine lute tonight, He was tak*n off · on a revenue cutter and hurried to the federal build- In* for arraignment. Ball In his case WHS fixed at $75,000, which waa given by a surety company. Special agents of the department of justice armed with warrants conducted the raid on the aristocratic establishment. After placing Benjamin J. Duveen articles was begun and more than a van . artoolei was begun and more than a van load of "auspicious" goods was found. It was decided to place the entire establishment under seizure and leave the customs Inspectors in charge for the night. Safe Duveen surrendered the key* of th'e" safe and the desks and was taken to the federal building. He asked permission to send a wireless to his brother, Henry J. Duveen, aboard the Cunarder Lusltanla, The request was'granted. When the *rls onor was taken before United States Oommlssloner Shields, Attorney Wisa said the case waa the most Important one tjle government has thus far had to deal with In connection with important frauds. He said he was in possession ol evidences concerning a series of revenue frauds aggregating more that! $1,000,000 vhlch has been systematically curried on y the five brothers-and another man mentioned In the complaint. i False Invoices, Mr. Wise, explaining the case tonight, Bald that Information was recently placed his possession tending to show that :he' Duveens had for years been defraud- Ing the government oM of customs duties on works of urt and antique furniture Imported from abrotta by means of false consular invoices. The records at the custom house were hurriedly overhauled and the records seemed to substantiate the charges. Collector Loeb was communicated wita. and he detailed Edwin R. Norwood, acting deputy surveyor of the port, and two customs Inspectors to assist In the investigation, which was conducted with the greatest iteracy. Mr. Wise declined to give' out the of his Informant tonight, but admitted that the Identity of afi the parties will be disclosed at the hearing of the case. He said that while the complaint was based on the Illegal entry of three vases, the government In In possession of a great many fraudulent Importations. He added that the consular invoice gavo the value ot the three vnxes at $1,107, while their real value Is $!8,000. The firm of Duveen Bros. Is composed of Henry J., Joel J., Louie J., Benjamin J . and Joseph J. Duv«en. They have establishment! tn New Tork, London and Paris. The Tendon hous» wa« first opened Joel J. Duveen, father of the presert started. The Paris establishment has been running about five years, list y *? r l h ? Duve ?Rs were reported to have .paid half a million dollars for a Frana Hals painting, .and at the recent sale the Yerkos art galleries the same firm paid $123,000 for "Rockets and Blue- lights," by J. M. W. Turner. While waiting for the ball bond to made out Benjamin J. Duveen said he knew nothing about the Importation of the? vases alleged to have been undervalued.

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 14 Oct 1910, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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