Banned "Antiques Roadshow" appraiser in court

February 28, 2008 5:18:51 PM PST
A judge is giving a former antiques dealer who staged fake appraisals on the PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" until next month to pay restitution for a Bucks County woman's heirlooms.

That's when sentencing will be scheduled for Russell Pritchard III of Manahawkin, New Jersey. The 44-year-old Pritchard is accused of auctioning furniture and other items for Sandra Udinson, of Plumstead, Pennsylvania, and failing to hand over more than $6,800 in proceeds. He pleaded guilty Wednesday in Bucks County Court.

Judge David Heckler says restitution is his main concern at sentencing.

Pritchard earlier served six months in prison after pleading guilty in federal court in 2002 to staging phony appraisals of Civil War artifacts on "Antiques Roadshow." Pritchard is now banned from the show.

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Information from: Bucks County Courier Times, http://www.phillyburbs.com


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