Art Loss Consultants
ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM THEFT
A $5 MILLION REWARD IS OFFERED FOR THE SAFE RECOVERY OF ALL STOLEN ITEMS IN GOOD CONDITION. THE RECOVERY OF AN INDIVIDUAL OBJECT WILL RESULT IN A PORTION OF THE REWARD, BASED UPON THE OBJECT'S MARKET VALUE
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING THE THEFT OF THESE WORKS OF ART
PLEASE Call (212) 889-3000 OR EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
ALL CONTACTS WILL BE HELD STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL
Since 1978, Unitel has been providing specialized discreet services in the field of art loss recovery and intellectual property investigations to museums, corporations, insurers and art owners throughout the world. Our experienced staff of former law enforcement and intelligence experts headed up by an experienced artist/art historian/law enforcement officer provides Unitel's clients a sophisticated solution to art theft protection and recovery and loss negotiations.
On March 18, 1990, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, was robbed by two unknown men. The thieves removed 13 works, some of them priceless beyond value. These include: Vermeer, The Concert; Rembrandt, A Lady and Gentleman in Black; Rembrandt, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee; Rembrandt, Self-Portrait; Govaert Flinck, Landscape with Obelisk; Manet, Chez Tortoni.
Our services cover such areas as:
- Museum/art collection security consulting
- Investigations and art loss recovery & insurance negotiations
- Liaison services with law enforcement agencies and insurers worldwide
- Reward claims assistance
- Interfacing and negotiations with informants worldwide.
UNITEL works closely with the client to achieve the highest degree of protection for their IP properties and trade secrets. Our staff of experienced investigators have been successful in providing evidence of infringement, effecting private seizures and obtaining recovery of damages in cases of theft, piracy and illicit expropriation of IPR assets by disgruntled employees or competitors. We provide assistance and due diligence in the areas of licensing and technology transfers.
From ITC section 337 investigations, to marshaling evidence for in court infringement actions, to private seizure cases in U.S. courts, to Anton Pillar orders in English commonwealth countries, to due diligence studies on prospective licensing partners, UNITEL is accustomed to working closely with counsel to protect a client's intellectual property.
Art theft worldwide has reached epidemic proportions and organized crime groups in various parts of the world have become a ready source of financial backing in both planning art thefts and acting as intermediaries in the transfer and smuggling of stolen art and antiquities. Law enforcement agencies worldwide no longer have the resources or time to devote to art theft. This creates new challenges especially to art museums and private collections to protect their
valuable collections which may contain priceless works of art.
Frequently a museum or art collector that has suffered a major loss, finds itself in a conflict position - on the one hand, art theft is a crime everywhere, but fulfilling their mandate to recover the art work, even to the point of offering significant rewards for information, is required to fulfill the museum's obligations and (raison d'etre) to present their art in a public forum for all to see. Unitel assists the art loss victim bridge these conflicts and negotiates sometimes with persons in the illegal chain of custody of a stolen work while keeping law enforcement informed.
Fine Arts Recovery Consultants: Detection and Recovery of Stolen and Counterfeit Works of Art & Other Valuables
- U.S. Department of State-Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)
- Liaison with International Police and Customs agencies
- Liaison & Claim assistance with insurers and Lloyd's Syndicates
- Liaison & Claim assistance with the Art Loss Register, NY & London
- Liaison with Interpol, Paris
- Liaison with the Jewelers Security Alliance
- Recovery negotiations & seizures worldwide
- Security Reviews for Art and Rare Jewels Collections
Museums, Private Collections, Insurance Companies
Our Global staff is comprised of former members of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Central Intelligence Agency, Drug Enforcement Administration, New York City Police Department, British Police (Scotland Yard), Hong Kong Police, Royal Cayman Islands Police and Russian KGB/MVD.
Our Services in the UK - The London Security Group
In the UK, our Art Loss consulting services are under the direction of Tony Waters, Director of The London Security Group (LSG). Mr. Waters, a retired City of London Fraud Squad Detective and senior investigator to the UK Serious Fraud Office along with his Co-Directors, all former senior police investigators in the UK, provide years of experience and contacts in solving various Art crimes.
LSG provides consulting services to Museums, Insurance Companies, law firms and Art collectors in the areas of museum security risk assessments, technology reviews and loss/recovery investigations. For insurance underwriters, assessing the security of a museum's collections for coverage review is a necessary step in that process.
Unitel and Avante Int'l Technology, Inc., announce the formation of a Strategic Alliance for Unitel to provide the Fine Arts client, Avante's break-through technology for the protection of Art Works and other valuables through the use of Avante's patented RFID technology.
Using sophisticated unobtrusive electronic monitoring tags unobtrusively fixed to the back of Art Works or other Valuables, and Avante's Real-Time location technology, Valuables are protected every second 24/7/365. The cost-effective system provides unparalleled visibility of the position, movement, ambient light level, temperature and humidity of every protected Work of Art with embedded tiny sensors that transmit instantaneous alerts. The IP-based RFID monitoring solution provides total real-time multi-layer security and safety providing even cell phone SMS text notifications everywhere, as well as mobile transportation of artwork by truck to shows or other locations via GPRS and satellite communications.
The entire system is web based and independent of any existing security system as well as providing input to existing communications infrastructure. Staff can be equipped with RFID ID badges that provides real-time as to location, movement and temperature data and panic- button interface.
Art Theft Links
Dedicated Gardner Art Heist site
Interpol Art Theft Division
FBI Art Theft Division
New Scotland Yard
Italian Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culurale: http://www.carabinieri.it/Internet/Cittadino/Informazioni/Tutela/Patrimonio+Culturale
LAPD Art Theft Detail
The London Security Group (Our UK Affiliate)
Art Auction Houses
To schedule speakers on Art Theft & Protection for your Art Programs
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William P Callahan, Esq.William P. Callahan specializes in governmental relations and litigation matters including aerial filiming by unmanned vehicles (UAS) known as Drones and defense matters related thereto. Mr. Callahan is a member of the New York Bar and is duly licensed as an Attorney At Law.
Since the date of the theft of 13 priceless paintings on March 18th, 1990 from The Gardner Museum, Mr. Callahan has been investigating the whereabouts of the missing art.
Mr. Callahan served in the Department of Justice as a trial lawyer in the Criminal Division and Narcotics Section, New York and D.C. While with the Department of Justice, Mr. Callahan was assigned as Regional Counsel to the DEA (Drug Enforcement Task Force) New York while with ODALE, (Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement) overseeing federal enforcement of narcotics laws. He was appointed by the Director of ODALE and Special Assistant to the President to be the Coordinator of CENTAC 2 (DEA - Central Tactical Unit) to coordinate a major heroin conspiracy investigation involving the Frank Matthews narcotics organization among the various governmental agencies such as the CIA, Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS, Department of State, U.S. Army and Interpol.
Mr. Callahan entered into the private practice of law in 1980, acting principally as Investigative Counsel to the Bar. From 2005 - 2010, Mr. Callahan was appointed by the Federal District Court, SDNY (Judge Charles S. Haight, Jr.) to be the Court’s Independent Investigator charged with enforcing the terms of a Consent Decree involving the District Council Carpenters (Carpenter’s Union) and enforcement of all applicable Federal, State and Local laws.
In the fine arts field, Mr. Callahan has lectured extensively on art theft and has investigated many art thefts here in the United States and the United Kingdom and assisted Lloyd's adjusters on recovery of missing fine arts and antiques.
White Collar Crime
Money Laundering Investigations
Aerial Drone and Defense
Bar and Court Admissions
Member NY Bar
U.S. District Court, SDNY
U.S. District Court EDNY
Second Circuit Court of Appeals
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
International Bar Association, London, UK
Appointed by Judge Charles S. Haight, Jr.,
U.S. District Court, SDNY, as Independent Investigator
Under a Consent Decree over the Carpenter’s Union (2005- 2010)
President & CEO, United Intelligence Group, Inc
NY Licensed Private Investigator
Director, The London Security Group, Co.UK
Constituent Member, Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) - US State Department
Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO)
Association of the United States Navy
Victory Services Club London (UK)
Illustrators Club (NY)
Guest Lecturer, Maritime Security, SUNY Maritime College (Ft. Schuyler, NY)
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International