Friday, July 19, 2024

Famed NY Art Dealer Mary Boone Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Returns One Year After Scamming Alec Baldwin in Painting Switch


Wow. It’s big news in the New York and worldwide high end art world.

Mary Boone, one of the great, famous art dealers, has pleaded guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to lying to the IRS and filing false tax statements. In 2011, she claimed a loss of $52,521 when in fact she made $3.7 million.

Now she has to pay restitution of $3,097,160, which represents the additional tax due and owing as a result of Boone’s filing of false individual and corporate income tax returns for the calendar years 2009, 2010, and 2011. The US Attorney says she “engaged in similar tax fraud schemes for the calendar years 2009 and 2010.  In all, Boone caused the IRS losses totaling over $3 million, not including penalties and interest.”

Boone, 66, could face six years in prison.

Last year, in a separate scandal, Boone was sued by Alec Baldwin over a painting he said he bought but was delivered something else. Baldwin paid $190,000 but got over $1 million in damages from Boone. Ouch!

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in the release:  “Mary Boone, a Manhattan art gallery owner, admitted to cheating the U.S. tax system by blatantly lying about her expenses and playing a shell game with bank accounts to hide her true assets.  While tax evasion may seem like a victimless crime, it isn’t; all Americans must pay their taxes.  And as Boone has learned, tax laws are not abstract.”

IRS-CI Special Agent-in-Charge James D. Robnett added:  “Operating a Manhattan art gallery did not entitle Mary Boone to evade paying her taxes.  It is a felony offense that carries severe consequences.  By falsely claiming millions of dollars of personal expenses as business expenses, Ms. Boone cheated all Americans, since law abiding citizens are expected to pay their fair share.”

Mary, honey, we all go through this. Stop taking cabs. Sign up for VIA. Get rid of Showtime and some of those other channels you don’t watch. Try the generic brands. I just got eyeglass lenses at Costco. I love them! Shop at Century 21. You can do it!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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