Indonesia-born star wine dealer guilty in New York fraud trial
NEW YORK (AFP) - Star wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan was found guilty in a US federal court on Wednesday of fraud by blending fake vintage wine in his kitchen and selling countless bottles to wealthy clients.
The 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 Indonesia-born Kurniawan remained impassive as the verdict was read out. He faces up to 40 years in jail and will be sentenced at a later date.
Prosecutors said Kurniawan, whose 10-year career came to an abrupt end with his arrest in 2012, was an arch liar motivated by greed, who made millions selling fake vintages blended at home.