Former Sainte-Mère-Église Museum Director charged with Forgery

27th March 2014 • News • No comments

Original source: Ouest France. Translated by Ben Major.

The court fined Cherbourg-based Patrick Bunel, former director of the Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mère-Église, €4,000 for forgery and embezzlement.

While he was Director of the Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mère-Eglise, Patrick Bunel bought €2.5 million worth of various materials. The man was a collector, trader and director of the museum.

The management of the museum were confused by his morals and accounting. Indeed, Brunel sold the museum-owned equipment, as well as items loaned to the displays by friends.

Tuesday afternoon (25 March 2014), the Criminal Court in Cherbourg concluded that this behaviour was illegal, and Bunel was sentenced to a €4,000 fine for forgery and embezzlement, including that of an aircraft of the Second World War.

The aircraft was donated by an unknown American billionaire, now deceased. The court held that the donation had been made to the museum, not its director.

Bunel was told that he must also pay €2,000 to the Airborne Association for non-pecuniary damage and €3,000 for reimbursement of legal costs.

On the other facts alleged against him, including fraud and breach of trust, he was acquitted.

On Tuesday night, Bunel said he planned to appeal the court’s decision.


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