Rare Wine Dealer Accused of Hawking Fake Wines

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A California man is accused of selling fake vintage bottles of wine for high prices

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

The case of the counterfeit Domaine de la Romanée-Conti bottles at a wine auction last February may be solved.

California wine dealer and collecter Rudy Kurniawan was arrested for allegedly trying to make $1.3 million off of counterfeit wines.

In addition to the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti scandal in February, Kurniawan is also accused of trying to pass off 84 bottles of fake Domaine Ponsot in 2008. Had he sold them, he would've earned $600,000 or more.

Kurniawan was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles. He's charged with three counts of wire fraud and two counts of mail fraud.

Unfortunately, buyers may not be able to get their money back since reports say Kurniawan was in debt due to a "playboy lifestyle." Kurniawan reportedly sold $35 million worth of wine in 2006 alone; no word on how long he's been pulling the counterfeit scheme.

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