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AN art dealer duped by Ana Walshe’s husband said he wouldn’t be surprised if the missing mom was completely unaware of his extensive criminal past.

Brian Walshe, 47, who has been charged with misleading police about his movements at the time of his wife’s disappearance, was arrested in 2018 for selling two fake Andy Warhol paintings on eBay for $80,000.

Brian Walshe, 47, has been arrested for lying to police

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Brian Walshe, 47, has been arrested for lying to policeCredit: AP
Ana Walshe, 39, has been missing since New Year's Day

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Ana Walshe, 39, has been missing since New Year’s Day
Ron Rivlin bought two fake Warhol paintings from Brian Walshe in 2016

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Ron Rivlin bought two fake Warhol paintings from Brian Walshe in 2016Credit: Ron Rivlin

The unwitting buyer of the forged artworks was Ron Rivlin, owner of California’s Revolver Gallery, who described Brian as a master manipulator in an interview with The U.S. Sun.

Rivlin said he has been left shocked and heartbroken over the news of Ana’s disappearance, who hasn’t been seen since the early hours of Jan. 1 at her home in Cohasset, Massachusetts.

Since the 39-year-old mom of three vanished without a trace, more news has come to light about Brian’s past legal troubles.

Prior to the bogus art saga, Brian was accused of stealing nearly a million dollars from his estranged father in 2009.

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He was also accused of later breaking into his father’s home in India after his death in 2018, stealing thousands of dollars worth of artwork, and destroying his will.

In bombshell court documents unearthed by Law & Crime, Brian was additionally accused of bizarrely attempting to kill ‘four or five’ people when he was caught smuggling in China in 2019.

Rivlin said he wouldn’t be surprised if Ana was oblivious to her husband’s past misdeeds, calling him a “calculated guy” who has a “masterful ability to coerce people.”

“Well, I think about the kids,” Rivlin said of Ana’s three young boys, aged between two and six.

“As a father of young children, it’s absolutely heartbreaking. I also felt from my phone calls with Ana before I involved the authorities and when trying to get a refund [from Brian] that she was genuinely shocked at my accusation.

“[That] led me to feel like she had no idea, [and] also that she may not have known the secrets of Brian’s past, which go well beyond what he did to me.”

‘MASTER MANIPULATOR’

Rivlin first detailed his dealings with Brian Walshe in an interview with The Daily Beast.

He first made contact with Walshe in 2016 after learning from a friend that two canvases belonging to Warhol’s “Shadows” series had been listed for sale online.

Court documents state that Brian got the paintings from a former college roommate who he told he could fetch a good price for them.

He later used those works to create forgeries which he later listed for sale on eBay, advertising them as legitimate works that had been which had been authenticated by Warhol’s estate.

Rivlin’s assistant flew from LA to Boston to finalize the deal, and the gallery owner soon realized they were fake.

He immediately attempted to get his money back, but Brian screened all of his calls.

The two fake canvases touted by Brian Walshe are seen above

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The two fake canvases touted by Brian Walshe are seen aboveCredit: Ron Rivlin
Walshe said it's the first fake to ever get past him

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Walshe said it’s the first fake to ever get past him
Brian Walshe was seen smiling as he was led by police in handcuffs on Monday

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Brian Walshe was seen smiling as he was led by police in handcuffs on MondayCredit: CBS News

Rivlin then tracked down Ana and confronted her about her husband’s shady business dealings, threatening legal action if his money was not hastily refunded.

He received an email from Brian not long after, who apologized profusely, offered a myriad of excuses, and pledged to return his money “ASAP”.

“Once you receive your money please send me the ‘shadows,’” Brian wrote, according to documents obtained by The Beast.

“I need to investigate what happened on my side of this transaction… I don’t want you to suffer financially from this transaction. Especially if the fault is on my side.”

Weeks went by without a refund. Walshe eventually sent Rivlin $30,000 in two separate transactions before ghosting him one more.

Rivlin has still not received the remaining $50,000 from Walshe.

Brian pleaded guilty to wire fraud, interstate transportation to defraud, possession of converted goods, and unlawful monetary transaction in April 2021 and was still awaiting sentencing for those charges when Ana vanished.

Speaking to The U.S. Sun, Rivlin said he has bought thousands of Warhol works since opening Revolver Gallery in 2012, and Walshe’s fake is the only one to “get by” him.

“He was that good,” he said. “[He had a] clever playbook and Oscar-worthy performance.”

He described Brian as charismatic, well-spoken, and incredibly professional during their initial interactions, but soon revealed himself to be a “calculated guy” who lacked basic empathy and remorse.

“What happened to me is telling of [Walshe’s] masterful ability to coerce people,” said Rivlin.

“Obviously I don’t hold him in high regard […] watching the investigation [into Ana’s disappearance] unfold, it seems he’s not as sharp as he used to be.”

FEARS MOUNT FOR MISSING ANA

Ana, a 39-year-old real estate executive, was last seen alive on Jan. 1 at the Walshe family home.

Brian told police she left early that morning, taking a rideshare service to Boston’s Logan International Airport to fly to Washington D.C for work but she never made the flight.

Ana wouldn’t be reported missing until Jan. 4.

Brian was then arrested days later for allegedly giving misleading statements to police.

She may not have known the secrets of Brian’s past, which go well beyond what he did to me.

Ron RivlinArt dealer

Police allege he lied about his movements in the days after Ana’s disappearance, including neglecting to mention a shopping spree at a local Home Depot where he spent $450 on cleaning supplies and buckets, tape, and tarp.

A search of their family home also yielded traces of blood in the basement and a broken, blood-stained knife, prosecutors said.

As Brian was still on probation, he is required to request leave from his home with specific times, locations, and reasons.

His jaunt to Home Depot – during which he wore gloves and a mask and paid in cash – was made during the time he was allotted to pick up his children from school, which wasn’t open that day, according to an arrest affidavit.

Brian is also accused by prosecutors of searching how to dispose of and dismember a body on the internet.

Sources close to the investigation revealed to CNN that additional evidence believed to be linked to Ana’s disappearance was recovered from a trash transfer station earlier this week.

The materials found reportedly include a hacksaw, hatchet, and a blood-stained rug.

‘PSYCHOPATH’

Brian was arraigned in Quincy District Court on Monday and was filmed smiling as he was led to the courthouse in handcuffs.

He has pleaded not guilty and is currently being held on $500,000 bail.

A friend of Ana’s, Natasha Babushkina, told The U.S. Sun said Brian’s smirk left her outraged.

“How dare he smile!” exclaimed Natasha, who has known Ana for more than two years.

“You don’t smile when your wife is missing and you’re accused of lying to the police about her disappearance.

“I don’t know what kind of human being would do that, but this is not a fun or funny situation.

“It makes me angry, furious,” she added. “How dare you smile when Ana is missing and your children and going to be publicly affected. My skin was crawling.

“I cannot imagine that something happens to one of your relatives and you would be smiling while being taken into custody by police – unless you are a real psychopath.”

Ana works as a property manager in Washington DC, commuting weekly from her family home in Cohasset, Mass.

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Ana works as a property manager in Washington DC, commuting weekly from her family home in Cohasset, Mass.Credit: Facebook/ana.ljubicic
A search of their family home yielded traces of blood in the basement and a broken, blood-stained knife, prosecutors said

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A search of their family home yielded traces of blood in the basement and a broken, blood-stained knife, prosecutors saidCredit: NBC

As the search for Ana enters its third week, Natasha says she’s hoping the news is all just a bad dream, one she will soon awake from, but she concedes with each passing day the odds Ana will be found unharmed are further stacked against her beloved friend.

“It’s been a very sad few days […] I feel less optimistic. I just wish they would find her soon.

“There’s a one-in-a-million chance now that someone would be missing for 10 days, with the world searching for her, that she will now be found – unless someone has stolen her and she’s in someone’s basement. 

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“I just don’t know, but from my perspective, it doesn’t look good, unfortunately.

“I’m holding onto the tiny hope she will be found. But I hope the truth of what happened will be found at least.”



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