A UK dealer accused of conspiring with Inigo Philbrick in his elaborate art fraud scheme now faces extradition to the US

British art dealer Robert Newland, who was charged last February in connection with the criminal case against convicted art dealer Inigo Philbrick, now risks extradition to the United States.

Newland, 43, is free on $306,000 (£250,000) bail in the UK, according to The times, who first reported on the new developments. He must adhere to a curfew and an electronic control tag from his . to wear A $5.2 million five-bedroom house in west London, the newspaper reported. Asked for comment, Newland told The times: “I have no explanation. It’s all being worked out at the moment. It will be taken care of.”

This is Newland’s first time publicly speaking about the ordeal. Neither he nor his lawyers responded to Artnet News’ request for comment and it remains unclear whether he was detained by authorities before paying bail. A hearing scheduled for November at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court will determine whether the UK grants the extradition request.

Philbrick’s attorney Jeffrey Lichtman confirmed that the actions against Newland “do not affect Inigo’s case at this time,” adding that he does not expect “Newland to be publicly castigated, even though he was Inigo’s co-conspirator.” Philbrick was sentenced to seven years in prison late last month.

The US indictment alleges that Newland committed fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud over a period of three years beginning in 2016. It accuses him of “deliberately and knowingly devised a plan and ploy to defraud and for obtaining money and property. through false and fraudulent pretenses, statements and promises.”

Authorities have required Newland to waive any alleged ill-gotten assets that can be traced back to his apparent dealings with Philbrick.

Newland initially appeared on Philbrick’s criminal file in July 2020 – shortly after the dealer’s arrest on the island of Vanuatu in the South Pacific – as “sealed suspect 1”. His identity was revealed in February. His name also appears in emails related to at least one multi-million dollar civil lawsuit against Philbrick.

A representative from the US Attorney’s office said he could not comment on extradition cases, citing the department’s policy.

A now-deleted screenshot of Newland’s staff page via Superblue.com

Philbrick and Newland first met at the White Cube Gallery in London, where powerful dealer Jay Jopling kick-started Philbrick’s career. Newland worked in the gallery’s finance department before taking a job with McKinsey & Company. The UK Companies House register also lists him as director of Philbrick’s secondary market dealer Modern Collections from 2014 until he stepped down in December 2016.

Later, Newland worked for Hauser and Wirth for about two years, sources say, but was terminated in late 2019, a few months after allegations against Philbrick surfaced. Most recently, Newland worked as a sales director for the experiential art company Superblue.

Around the time news of the charges broke, a representative confirmed that Newland was taking a temporary leave of absence from Superblue.

Late last month, a U.S. district court sentenced Philbrick to seven years in prison for crimes related to his now-collapsed art dealership business. Prosecutors accused Philbrick of committing “one of the most significant art market frauds in history,” describing his operation in a criminal memorandum as “Ponzi-esque.”

After initially pleading not guilty, he finally pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of fraud last November and has now spent nearly two years in prison.

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