An Indonesian national was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday by a US court for selling millions of dollars worth of fake wine to wealthy oenophiles, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Rudy Kurniawan, 37, was also ordered to pay US$28.4 million in restitution to seven victims and forfeit an additional US$20 million as punishment, the report said.
A Manhattan federal court judge described Kurniawan’s wine fraud as “a bold, grandiose, unscrupulous but destined-to-fail con”.
Kurniawan is the first person ever to go to jail for selling fake wine in the US, according to the BBC.
He was found guilty of mixing old wine with newer vintages in his kitchen, and then passing them off as even more expensive wines.
The scheme ran from 2004 to 2012, according to government prosecutors. In December, he was found guilty of committing wire and mail fraud.
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