CANNON BEACH - The FBI has confirmed that it is investigating Ernst & Ernst Art Galleries in Cannon Beach and Seaside.

The galleries are closed, and a sign on the Cannon Beach gallery said the closure was due to "inventory."

FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele said that no criminal charges have been filed. She declined to comment further on the investigation.

Anyone who has had business dealings with Ernst & Ernst in the past three years, including artists who were selling their work or customers who were consigning or buying consigned art through the galleries, are asked to call the FBI.

The FBI can be reached 24 hours a day in Portland at (503) 224-4181 or during daily business hours in Salem at (503) 362-6601.