James Stieglitz, who has been sought by the FBI for violating copyright laws, surrendered to federal authorities in Manhattan yesterday.
An arrest warrant for Stieglitz had been issued on Monday in connection with the reproduction of artwork by Georgia O'Keeffe, Stieglitz's great aunt.
Stieglitz's attorney, Jack S. Hoffinger, waived his client's right to a preliminary hearing in U.S. District Court yesterday afternoon. The U.S. Attorney's Office has until May 30 to return an indictment of Stieglitz or produce further information in the case. Meanwhile, Stieglitz has been released on a $100,000 personal recognizance bond.
The FBI has been investigating Stieglitz since April 7 for allegedly creating and offering for sale unauthorized lithographs of O'Keeffe's paintings that hve been franked with allegedly forged signatures. Stieglitz, 34, has denied any involvement in these matters.
In a related development, Joseph Mapes, 36, was transported yesterday from the Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead, Long Island, to the Loudoun County jail in Leesburg, Va.
Mapes was arrested Monday in New York for allegedly stealing a set of the allegedly bogus lithographs from a Middleburg estate that Stieglitz is renting from former Redskins coach Jack Pardee.
Stay tuned . . .