Estranged husband of slain art dealer Brent Sikkema arrested in NYC

The estranged husband of Brent Sikkema, the prestigious New York art dealer and gallery owner killed in Brazil earlier this year, has been arrested for alleged passport fraud.

Daniel Sikkema, who authorities in Brazil believe could be linked to the stabbing death of the 75-year-old gallerist, was taken into custody Wednesday in New York.

His arrest came after he allegedly made false statements when applying for a passport for himself and his young son, whom he shared with the late art dealer.

The two were in the middle of divorce proceedings when Brent was found dead at an apartment he owned in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian authorities said he’d been stabbed 18 times.

Alejandro Triana Prevez, a 30-year-old Cuban national who was arrested in the killing, later testified Daniel had paid him $200,000 to commit the murder.

While Daniel is being sought by Brazilian police in connection to the killing, he was brought into the District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday to face a charge of passport fraud.

He allegedly said passports for himself and his son had been stolen when applying for new ones, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Noting he doesn’t have any criminal record, his defense team argued the passports were needed so his 13-year-old son could go to Italy on a soccer trip.

But prosecutors pushed for Daniel to be detained without bail ahead of the trial, deeming him a flight risk.

They argued he “could flee to Cuba, where he’s a national and owns several properties there,” a U.S. prosecutor reportedly told the judge, according to Inner City Press, which first reported the arrest.

The judge instead set a $1 million bond for his release, which was secured by a home in Queens, which is owned by his mother.

Daniel was ordered to house detention and told to surrender all passports that remain in his possession and those of his son. He’ll also be required to wear a GPS-monitoring device.