Dietmar Machold

Deceptive Cadence
10:43 am
Fri September 21, 2012

The Strad Swindler Goes To Trial And Netrebko Bids Adieu To Her Former Self

Con man/violin dealer Dietmar Machold holds a (purported) Strad in Moscow in 2003.
YURI KADOBNOV AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:25 pm

  • The Washington Post has a long, fascinating piece on Dietmar Machold, the 63-year-old violin dealer/con man who went on trial in Vienna this week: "It is the largest fraud case in the history of a trade that goes back to at least the middle of the 18th century: Apart from criminal charges, Machold faces civil claims estimated at $200 million. ...
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