Guilty Verdict in Counterfeiting Trial

Peter Hellman, Mitch Frank
Issue: February 28, 2014

Rudy Kurniawan did something unprecedented in the world of rare wines in 2006. An Acker, Merrall & Condit auction of his wines raised $24.7 million, the largest total ever for a single consignor. On Dec. 18, 2013, Kurniawan set another precedent. A federal jury pronounced him guilty of fraud for selling counterfeit wines and defrauding a finance company, making the 37-year-old the first person tried and convicted for selling fake collectible wines in the U.S. Wine Spectator's Peter Hellman and Mitch Frank report.

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