Brazilian woman ‘against £48m mum for using psychic to convince her she was ‘cursed'”

Brazilian daughter ‘against her mum over £48m painting using fake medium to convince her she was ‘cursed”

  • Sabine Coll Boghici allegedly defrauded her mother, 82, of art worth £116million
  • Tarsila do Amaral’s famous painting Sol Poente (1949) is worth nearly £50million
  • Two-year-old scam saw psychic tell Genevieve Boghici her daughter was going to die
  • Psychics Used Daughter’s Personal Information To Scare Mother: Cops

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of scamming a painting worth nearly £50million from her 82-year-old mother by hiring a psychic to claim it was ‘cursed’.

Sabine Coll Boghici, 48, allegedly deceived Geneviève Boghici, whose late husband was an art collector, by handing her Sol Poente (1949) by Tarsila do Amaral.

The famous £48million artwork has previously been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

It is part of a sum of money, art and jewelery worth 724 million reais (£116.3 million) which is believed to have been defrauded by Sabine.

His arrest exposed a disturbing web of fraud that police say went on for years.

They were even alleged psychics to swindle artwork from some of Brazil’s most iconic painters, cops claim.

Police officers pose with Tarsila do Amaral’s Sol Poente, who is worth £48million alone. Its owner, Geneviève Boghici, 82, was “cheated out of the painting” by her daughter and psychics

Four people were arrested when officers in Brazil raided the home of a psychic

They would have been hired by the daughter of the owner to say that the paintings were

Four people were arrested when officers in Brazil raided the home of a psychic. They were allegedly hired by the owner’s daughter to say the paintings were ‘cursed’

Four other people were also arrested and two others, Diana Rosa Aparecida Stanesco Vuletic and Slavko Vuletic, are on the run.

The scam began in 2020 when Genevieve was approached by a supposed psychic with prophecies about her daughter’s impending death.

The victim was then taken to several other psychics, who police say used personal information provided by her daughter to scam her distraught mother into transferring money to pay for “spiritual treatment”.

In the months that followed, police allege the suspects physically threatened Genevieve and that she was kept at home for months by her daughter.

Sabine Coll Boghici was filmed leaving her home when she was arrested earlier this week

Sabine Coll Boghici was filmed leaving her home when she was arrested earlier this week

The iconic Brazilian artwork was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2018

The iconic Brazilian artwork was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2018

Sabine and an accomplice posing as a psychic “began to take the artwork from the (mother’s) home, claiming that the painting was cursed with something negative, with a negative energy on which to pray,” said Rio de Janeiro police officer Gilberto Ribeiro.

After almost a year of abuse by Sabine and her accomplices, the victim decided to surrender to the police.

According to the police, 16 paintings were stolen, including works by renowned Brazilian artists such as Cicero Dias, Rubens Gerchman and Alberto Guignard.

Three pieces by iconic modernist painter Tarsila do Amaral – O Sono, Sol Poente and Pont Neuf – were also stolen, which together were assessed by police at a value of 700 million reais (111.4 million pound sterling).

Amaral’s Sol Poente was among 11 paintings recovered Wednesday during a raid by Rio de Janeiro police on one of the medium’s homes.

Authorities also recovered three paintings in Sao Paulo. Two were sold to a museum in Buenos Aires but have not yet been found.

Police say seven people are suspected of being involved in the years-long crime, facing charges of embezzlement, robbery, extortion, forcible confinement and criminal association.

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