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Thursday, July 19, 2012

FBI agents find missing Henri Matisse painting in undercover sting

(CNN) -- Undercover FBI agents in Florida found what investigators believe is a stolen Henri Matisse painting that had been missing for nearly a decade, officials said Wednesday.

Two suspects were arrested in Miami Beach after trying to sell "Odalisque in Red Pants," valued at $3 million, federal prosecutors said.

The painting was stolen from a Venezuelan art museum in 2002, the statement said.

Pedro Antonio Marcuello Guzman, 46, of Miami and Maria Martha Elisa Ornelas Lazo, 50, of Mexico City are charged with transporting and possessing the stolen painting, the FBI said. If convicted, they face up to 10 years in prison.

Undercover agents made the arrest Tuesday at Loews Miami Beach Hotel, CNN affiliate WPLG reported. Read More