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Wine Connoisseur Busted for Fraud

Posted in Mail/WIre/Honest Services Fraud

The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that one of the world’s leading fine wine collectors, Rudy Kurniawan, was arrested for wine fraud (well, they didn’t actually say “wine fraud”), apparently, the guy was arrested for mail and wire fraud related to fraudulently obtaining loans and attempting to sell counterfeit bottles of French Burgundy. Turning a wonderful phrase, Manhattan U.S. Attorney, Preet Bharara, announced Kurniawan’s arrest, saying of the wine collector, his “days of wine and wealth are over.” To a guy whose palate can not distinguish Bud from Bud Light it is particularly fascinating that Rudy is alleged to have tried to sell counterfeit French Burgundy from the Domaine Ponsot winery in France to the tune of $1.3 million. For those with a more sophisticated palate, you’ll be interested to know that Rudy was trying to pass off 84 bottles for $600,000! The frauds of life are as versable as man himself.