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Local News in Brief : Restitution Sought Before Sentencing

An art dealer convicted of defrauding a collector of expensive artworks will not be sentenced until he pays the victim $650,000 in restitution, according to prosecutors.

Sentencing for Douglas Chrismas, 43, was postponed Wednesday because Superior Court Judge Candace Cooper “wants to get the (restitution) money up front,” Deputy Dist. Atty. Fred Stewart said.

Chrismas, owner of Flow Ace Gallery in West Hollywood, is to return to court Jan. 6. He pleaded no contest in August, 1986, to a grand theft charge of defrauding collector C. Frederick Stimpson of artworks by such artists as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg.

Prosecutors said Stimpson entrusted the artworks to Chrismas to sell. Chrismas sold some and kept all the proceeds.

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