Hampshire dealer guilty of selling antiques with forged signatures

Hampshire dealer guilty of forging famous signatures

Hampshire dealer guilty of forging famous signatures

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A FORMER Hampshire antiques dealer has been found guilty of fraud by a jury at Southampton Crown Court.

Allan Formhals was too ill to appear in court yesterday to be told he was guilty of eight charges of selling books with forged signatures of people including Winston Churchill.

The 66-year-old was found guilty of two charges of being in possession of articles for the use in fraud which included forged autographs of JRR Tolkien.

The signatures of other notable figures from history and literature involved in the case, included Elizabeth I, Oliver Cromwell, TS Eliot, and artist Pablo Picasso.

A jury found the Milford-on-Sea man not guilty of two similar charges after nine hours of deliberation.

Formhals, who had suffered a heart attack while he was in custody, was taken to hospital yesterday morning with high blood pressure.

Three remaining charges are yet to be decided upon by the jury.

Judge Peter Henry has asked them to consider a majority verdict.

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8:13pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Over the Edge says...

Anyone who signs a book with Charles Dickens signature printed after Dickens was a long time dead deserves nothing more a guilty verdict.
Anyone who signs a book with Charles Dickens signature printed after Dickens was a long time dead deserves nothing more a guilty verdict. Over the Edge
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11:30pm Thu 25 Oct 12

sparkster says...

Exactly he deserves what he gets
Exactly he deserves what he gets sparkster
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1:31am Fri 26 Oct 12

sass says...

Over the Edge wrote:
Anyone who signs a book with Charles Dickens signature printed after Dickens was a long time dead deserves nothing more a guilty verdict.
Was it a Charles Dickens, or the Charles Dickens? There are probably several.
[quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: Anyone who signs a book with Charles Dickens signature printed after Dickens was a long time dead deserves nothing more a guilty verdict.[/p][/quote]Was it a Charles Dickens, or the Charles Dickens? There are probably several. sass
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8:42am Fri 26 Oct 12

Over the Edge says...

sass wrote:
Over the Edge wrote:
Anyone who signs a book with Charles Dickens signature printed after Dickens was a long time dead deserves nothing more a guilty verdict.
Was it a Charles Dickens, or the Charles Dickens? There are probably several.
Is was the Charles Dicken's of Shakespeare fame.
[quote][p][bold]sass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: Anyone who signs a book with Charles Dickens signature printed after Dickens was a long time dead deserves nothing more a guilty verdict.[/p][/quote]Was it a Charles Dickens, or the Charles Dickens? There are probably several.[/p][/quote]Is was the Charles Dicken's of Shakespeare fame. Over the Edge
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1:42pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Georgem says...

Over the Edge wrote:
Anyone who signs a book with Charles Dickens signature printed after Dickens was a long time dead deserves nothing more a guilty verdict.
If he really did that, his lawyer sucks donkey balls. Anyone dumb enough to fall for that is a moron, so it could be proven that it was not an attempt to deceive. "Come off it, m'lud, even the most cretinous simpleton would not believe Dickens' signature on a book printed in 2003 to be genuine!"
[quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: Anyone who signs a book with Charles Dickens signature printed after Dickens was a long time dead deserves nothing more a guilty verdict.[/p][/quote]If he really did that, his lawyer sucks donkey balls. Anyone dumb enough to fall for that is a moron, so it could be proven that it was not an attempt to deceive. "Come off it, m'lud, even the most cretinous simpleton would not believe Dickens' signature on a book printed in 2003 to be genuine!" Georgem
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2:07pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Over the Edge says...

Georgem wrote:
Over the Edge wrote:
Anyone who signs a book with Charles Dickens signature printed after Dickens was a long time dead deserves nothing more a guilty verdict.
If he really did that, his lawyer sucks donkey balls. Anyone dumb enough to fall for that is a moron, so it could be proven that it was not an attempt to deceive. "Come off it, m'lud, even the most cretinous simpleton would not believe Dickens' signature on a book printed in 2003 to be genuine!"
The expert in the trial when asked if the Charles Dickens signature was genuine or fake he replied fake, when pushed for an explanation of how he came to that conclusion the expert replied and I quote

''Charles Dickens was very much dead when this book was published''
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: Anyone who signs a book with Charles Dickens signature printed after Dickens was a long time dead deserves nothing more a guilty verdict.[/p][/quote]If he really did that, his lawyer sucks donkey balls. Anyone dumb enough to fall for that is a moron, so it could be proven that it was not an attempt to deceive. "Come off it, m'lud, even the most cretinous simpleton would not believe Dickens' signature on a book printed in 2003 to be genuine!"[/p][/quote]The expert in the trial when asked if the Charles Dickens signature was genuine or fake he replied fake, when pushed for an explanation of how he came to that conclusion the expert replied and I quote ''Charles Dickens was very much dead when this book was published'' Over the Edge
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2:34pm Fri 26 Oct 12

Georgem says...

Over the Edge wrote:
Georgem wrote:
Over the Edge wrote:
Anyone who signs a book with Charles Dickens signature printed after Dickens was a long time dead deserves nothing more a guilty verdict.
If he really did that, his lawyer sucks donkey balls. Anyone dumb enough to fall for that is a moron, so it could be proven that it was not an attempt to deceive. "Come off it, m'lud, even the most cretinous simpleton would not believe Dickens' signature on a book printed in 2003 to be genuine!"
The expert in the trial when asked if the Charles Dickens signature was genuine or fake he replied fake, when pushed for an explanation of how he came to that conclusion the expert replied and I quote

''Charles Dickens was very much dead when this book was published''
Script writers spend years trying to come up with dialog like that!
[quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: Anyone who signs a book with Charles Dickens signature printed after Dickens was a long time dead deserves nothing more a guilty verdict.[/p][/quote]If he really did that, his lawyer sucks donkey balls. Anyone dumb enough to fall for that is a moron, so it could be proven that it was not an attempt to deceive. "Come off it, m'lud, even the most cretinous simpleton would not believe Dickens' signature on a book printed in 2003 to be genuine!"[/p][/quote]The expert in the trial when asked if the Charles Dickens signature was genuine or fake he replied fake, when pushed for an explanation of how he came to that conclusion the expert replied and I quote ''Charles Dickens was very much dead when this book was published''[/p][/quote]Script writers spend years trying to come up with dialog like that! Georgem
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