Richard Beale (Roma Numismatics) Arrested

Started by chrisild, March 19, 2023, 04:41:53 PM

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Quote from: Figleaf on September 14, 2011, 09:40:13 PMWhenever I see an expression starting with "first" and followed by multiple qualifiers I start to think "hype".

Richard Beale (Roma Numismatics) seems to have problems way beyond that. ;)  I just searched the forum for his name, and found this fairly old topic. Apparently he was arrested in New York City earlier this year. "Beale has been charged with Grand Larceny in the First Degree and Second Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the First Degree and Second Degree, Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree."


Guess this story "deserves" its own topic, in the appropriate sub-forum. So I just moved it. Please note that "", and its German version "", will not allow you to copy the article text. Reading is OK of course. :)


Oh dear sounds like a budding Trevor Ashmore, he started as a legitimate dealer then started to supply his own forged coins when his supplies ran dry.
All coins are equal but some are more equal than others


Very interesting story, the coin was then returned to Greece in late March 2023.

Manhattan District Attorney Press Release



News from a BBC article published on 27 August, with a minor update yesterday:

"A British auctioneer who was at the centre of a BBC investigation has pleaded guilty at a New York court to a series of charges in connection with unlawful sales of rare ancient coins. Richard Beale, director of London-based auction house Roma Numismatics, admitted two counts of conspiracy and three counts of criminal possession of stolen property, court documents show."


Roma Numismatics Limited will go out of business later this month as a result of this.