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'Lies and greed' theme of US wine fraud trial

Published on Dec 18, 2013 7:00 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - Prosecutors called wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan an arch liar motivated by greed who made millions selling fake vintages blended at home, summing up the fraud case against him on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old defendant, once considered one of the top five collectors in the exclusive world of fine vintage wine, faces up to 40 years in jail if convicted of wire and postal fraud.

Prosecutor Joseph Facciponti summed up his case by describing Indonesian-born Kurniawan as "a prolific wine counterfeiter who in his home in California assembled everything he needed".

He said Kurniawan had a "magic cellar" - his laboratory at the home he shared with his Chinese mother on the outskirts of Los Angeles, the place where he was arrested in March 2012.

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