French graffiti artist pays fine for US vandalism
A French graffiti artist accused of tagging trains in Boston and New York paid a fine of $2,500 to avoid a trial on vandalism charges in one case, Massachusetts prosecutors said Tuesday.
Maxime Bezat, 25, was caught at Newark airport in New Jersey on December 3 while about to fly to Paris, where he is also sought for spray paint vandalism. He was then brought back to Massachusetts.
"The vandalism case was resolved today with a payment of $2,500 restitution" to the Boston transit authority, said Jessica Pastore, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex County District Attorney's office.
A second "fugitive from justice" charge was dismissed, as Bezat -- who is sometimes known as "Rask" -- was transferred to New York on Tuesday to face charges there.
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