Star wine dealer found guilty in NYC fraud trial
December 20, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
NEW YORK -- Star wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan faces up to 40 years in jail after he was found guilty Wednesday in a U.S. federal court of fraud for manufacturing and selling fake vintage wine.
A jury took less than two hours to return a guilty verdict on two counts of wire and postal fraud against the 37-year-old, once considered one of the top five wine collectors in the world.
The Indonesian-born Kurniawan, who lived a jet-set lifestyle with all the trappings of a millionaire, sat impassive in the Manhattan courtroom as the verdict was read out.
Prosecutors described him as “a prolific wine counterfeiter” and an arch liar motivated by greed, a man who made millions of dollars selling bogus vintages blended in his kitchen laboratory.