Brazil princess ‘cheated her mother out of £48m worth of painting by using fake psychics to convince her it was ‘cursed”
- Sabine Coll Boghici allegedly scammed mother, 82, for £116m
- Tarsila do Amaral’s famous painting Sol Poente (1949) is worth nearly £50m
- A two-year scam sees a psychic tell Genevieve Boghici that her daughter is going to die
- The psychic uses the personal information given to him by his daughter to scare the mother: the police
A woman has been arrested on suspicion of defrauding a painting worth nearly £50 million from her 82-year-old mother by hiring a psychic to claim the painting is ‘cursed’.
Sabine Coll Boghici, 48, allegedly tricked Genevieve Boghici, whose late husband was an art collector, into handing over Sol Poente (1949) by Tarsila do Amaral.
The famous £48 million piece of art was previously exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
This is part of the 724 million reais (£116.3 million) cash, art and jewelry that Sabine allegedly conned.
His arrest has exposed a disturbing web of fraud that police say goes on for years.
It even involved alleged psychics to defraud artwork by some of Brazil’s most famous painters, police claim.
Police officers pose with Sol Poente by Tarsila do Amaral, which is worth £48m alone. The owner, Genevieve Boghici, 82, was ‘cheated from painting’ by her daughter and psychics
Four people were arrested when officers in Brazil raided the home of a psychic. They were allegedly hired by the owner’s daughter to say the painting was ‘cursed’
Four other people were also arrested and two others, Diana Rosa Aparecida Stanesco Vuletic and Slavko Vuletic, are on the run.
The scam begins in 2020 when Genevieve is approached by a psychic with a prophecy of his daughter’s imminent death.
The victim was then taken to several more psychics, who police said used personal information provided by her daughter to trick her desperate mother into transferring money to pay for “spiritual care.”
In the months that followed, police accused the suspects of physically threatening Genevieve and that she was held at home for months by her daughter.
Sabine Coll Boghici was filmed being taken out of her home during her arrest earlier this week
Iconic Brazilian artwork on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2018
Sabine and her gang disguised as psychics ‘started taking the artwork from (mother’s) home, claiming that the painting was cursed with something negative, with negative energy that needed praying for,’ said Rio de Janeiro police officer Gilberto Ribeiro.
After nearly a year of being abused by Sabine and her accomplices, the victim decided to report it to the police.
Police said 16 paintings were stolen, including works by renowned Brazilian artists such as Cicero Dias, Rubens Gerchman and Alberto Guignard.
Three works by the iconic modernist painter Tarsila do Amaral – O Sono, Sol Poente and Pont Neuf – were also stolen, which together were estimated by police to be worth 700 million reais (£111.4 million).
Amaral’s Sol Poente was among 11 paintings found Wednesday during a Rio de Janeiro police raid on one of the paranormal’s homes.
Authorities have also found three paintings in Sao Paulo. Two were sold to museums in Buenos Aires but have not been found.
Police said the seven people were suspected of being involved in the crime over the years, facing charges of embezzlement, robbery, extortion, false imprisonment and criminal association.