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Top dealer guilty of faking fine wines

AFP-JIJI

Star wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan was found guilty of wire and postal fraud in a U.S. court Wednesday for making fake wine and faces up to 40 years in prison.

The 37-year-old once was considered one of the top five wine collectors in the world.

Prosecutors described the Indonesian-born Kurniawan, who for years lived a jet-set lifestyle, as “a prolific wine counterfeiter” who made millions of dollars selling bogus fine wines blended in his kitchen laboratory. He will be sentenced April 24.