Trial Begins for Rhode Island Art Dealer, Rocco DeSimone, Accused of $6 Million Con

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PROVIDENCE, RI (AP).- A former art dealer earlier convicted of tax fraud duped investors out of $6 million and used the money to buy cars, antique Japanese swords and valuable works of art, a prosecutor said as the man’s trial began in federal court Wednesday. Rocco DeSimone has pleaded not guilty to mail fraud and other charges in the case. His defense attorneys declined to deliver an opening statement. But they wrote in a pre-trial court filing that they plan to argue that DeSimone’s business dealings relied on information provided by his accountant, Ronald Rodrigues, who they say also had a financial interest in those dealings. John McAdams, an assistant U.S. Attorney, told a jury in U.S. District Court in Providence that DeSimone convinced acquaintances