In every field of historical interest are conmen. Some are low end (like a person recently banned from this blog) and some are high end. In any case, a con is con (aka a crime). The link is to an article about three high end conmen in Civil War collectables. The good thing is their crimes were discovered and they were actually found guilty in a court of law with one serving prison time. It's a shame that two of them had actually been appraisers on the "Antiques Roadshow" and used their positions to commit fraud. As the article says, "In total, the three men - Russell Pritchard III, Russell Pritchard Jr., and George Juno - were responsible for more than $1.2 million in historical memorabilia fraud."
I never cease to be amazed at all the items said to have belonged to Jesse James offered by auction houses and private individuals. The man must have owned a truck load of trunks and an armory full of guns. He must have also been the most photographed man of the 19th Century.
Anyway, it's good to see such crooks face justice (good on the FBI):
Be wary out there!