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Default New York’s No. 2 tax cheat is Filipina former aide to ex-first lady of Philippines


New York’s No. 2 tax cheat is former aide to ex-first lady of Philippines
By Bruce Golding and Kenneth Garger
January 15, 2020 | 8:09pm

Vilma Bautista
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The one-time aide to former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos has been named New York state’s No. 2 most delinquent taxpayer, public records show.

Vilma Bautista, who was convicted for tax fraud over the crooked $32 million sale of a Monet painting belonging to Marcos, owes $14,281,977.75 in taxes, according to numbers released by the state Department of Taxation and Finance.

The 81-year-old served just shy of two years in prison at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester before being paroled last December, according to online records posted by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

Bautista stole Claude Monet’s 1899 work “Water-Lily Pond” and three other pieces from Marco’s Upper East Side townhouse in 1985.

She then sold “Water-Lily Pond” for $32 million to a London art gallery in 2010, and lied about it on her taxes, a 2013 jury found.

The gallery then sold the painting for $43 million to billionaire UK hedge fund manager Alan Howard, who thought the painting was legit, his spokesman has said.

Bautista was sentenced in 2014, but didn’t begin serving prison time until December 2017. She could not immediately be reached for comment.

Coming in ahead of Bautista — at No. 1 — on the state’s list of top 250 delinquent taxpayers is New York’s “Taxi King,” Gene Friedman, public records show. He’s over $18.6 million in the hole.
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