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8 charged, over 1,000 paintings seized in Norval Morrisseau art fraud investigation

Eight people face a total of 40 charges resulting from a police investigation into the forgery of artwork by Indigenous artist Norval Morrisseau. The investigation began in Thunder Bay, Ont., and grew to include provincial police.

Thunder Bay police, OPP announce results of years-long investigation on Friday

A camera captures a picture of a man walking by a painting done in the woodland style.

Eight people face a total of 40 charges resulting from a years-long police investigation into the forgery of artwork by Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau.

The Thunder Bay Police Service in northwestern Ontario began the investigation in 2020 and later brought in Ontario Provincial Police due to the magnitude of the investigation, the TBPS told CBC News. Five of the accused are from Thunder Bay.

An OPP news conference Friday released the results of the investigation on Friday morning in Orillia, with Thunder Bay police officials in attendance.

The investigation led to the seizure of more than 1,000 pieces of forged Morrisseau artwork.

Morrisseau, who died in 2007, was a renowned artist from the Ojibway Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek First Nation in northwestern Ontario. He's known as the founder of the Woodlands School of art and his work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada, including at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

A piece of Indigenous artwork on a table.

In a media release, OPP said some of the paintings, prints and other pieces of artwork that were seized had sold for "tens of thousands of dollars to unsuspecting members of the public who had no reason to believe they weren't genuine."

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