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US judge jails Indonesian wine forger for 10 years

Published on Aug 8, 2014 1:50 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - Indonesian wine forger Rudy Kurniawan was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty of manufacturing fake vintages and selling them for millions of dollars.

The 37-year-old, once considered one of the top five wine collectors in the world, was convicted in December of blending hundreds of bottles in his kitchen and selling them as rare vintages.

After less than two hours of deliberations, a New York jury had also convicted him of fraudulently obtaining a US$3 million (S$3.7 milllion) loan.

The two convictions carried a maximum sentence of 20 years each.

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