Prosecutors: Imelda Marcos' right-hand woman stole paintings and then sold them without paying taxes
By Janon Fisher / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 4:49 PM
The Manhattan-based personal secretary of shoe-loving former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos recently cashed in on millions of dollars Impressionist artwork she stole after the 1986 uprising, Manhattan prosecutors charged Tuesday.
And Vilma Bautista, 74, also didn’t even pay taxes on the ill-gotten booty, according to the charges filed against her and two accomplices.
"These defendants (were) trafficking in stolen art and committing significant tax fraud, denying the state millions of dollars in revenue," said District Attorney Cyrus Vance. "This indictment sheds light on what happened to major works of art missing for more than 25 years."