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John Bill

John Bill, in a green tie, watches as the FBI and other investigators observe the excavation of a lot in Florida in hopes of finding the stolen Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum artwork on Jan. 31, 2018. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
John Bill, in a green tie, watches as the FBI and other investigators observe the excavation of a lot in Florida in hopes of finding the stolen Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum artwork on Jan. 31, 2018. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

John Bill is a private attorney in Winter Park, Florida. He represents the current owner (who has requested anonymity) of the lot where a house that mob associate Bobby Guarente frequented in the early 1990s once stood. After learning from Last Seen reporters that there was a possibility the stolen Gardner artwork was buried beneath the lot, Bill recommended to his client that he allow the property be geologically surveyed. With a $10 million reward from the museum up for grabs, Bill reached out to the Gardner’s security director Anthony Amore in December 2017 to tell him of his client’s willingness to cooperate with the investigation. Both Bill and the lot’s owner were on site when the FBI-commissioned excavation of the lot, which turned up empty, took place in January 2018.

-- Written by Stephen Kurkjian


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