Wine Fraudster Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

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One of the biggest wine fraud investigations in history has seen Rudy Kurniawan sentenced to 10 years in a US prison for tricking collectors out of millions of dollars by selling them cheap copycats of famous names.

Federal district judge Richard Berman also ordered Kurniawan to pay $28.4m to victims of his fine wine scam, after prosecutors spent recent weeks working to identify Kurniawan fakes in collectors’ cellars.

That is on top of the $20m that Kurniawan – also known as Mr 47 and Dr Conti – must forfeit to the court.

It is unclear where the 37-year-old Indonesian will find the money given that he has spent two years in custody and earlier pleaded that he was too poor to pay more than a $12,500 fine.

Defence lawyer Jerry Mooney is understood to have said his client will consider appealing the sentence…

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