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Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Crime Alert

The recent buffing over of Blu’s commissioned mural for MOCA LA has been the talk of many bloggers. I’m still putting my thoughts together on that and will post soon. This posting is to alert readers to a name that popped up in Los Angeles Downtown News’ Dec 9th article, Moca Commissions Mural, Then Whitewashes It. The article mentions Mr .Daniel Laohoda, referring to him as “a street art advocate” whose Freewalls Project “connects artists with building owners who offer their walls for murals.” Many of us in the young collecting community are no stranger to Lahoda’s name, but not for his supposed good will or support of the arts. On the contrary, according to the LAPD, Lahoda and his business Jet Set Graffiti are responsible for baiting and defrauding several collectors, galleries and businesses, including multiple members of the TAC community. He currently resides on the LAPD’s Art Theft website, which summarizes the numerous allegations against him including, “embezzling funds” from two separate galleries he was employed by, and more than $47,000 from Acumen Entertainment Group in Las Vegas.

Read the full Crime Alert here

We would like to hear from you if you have had similar experiences or any information regarding Mr. Lahoda. Send messages to us at info@theartcollectors.com and contact LAPD’s Art Theft Detail at (213) 486-6940 or by e-mail at artcop@lapd.lacity.org.

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