Rudy Kurniawan

Rudy Kurniawan, born in Indonesia in 1976, is a prominant fine wine collector and convicted perpetrator of wine fraud.

In March 2012, Kurniawan was arrested and indicted for allegedly selling fradulent wine at auction, notably fine Bordeaux and Burgundy wines.

On of December 9th 2013, Kurniawan, also known as Dr Conti in reference to Burgundy's renowned Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, was on trial having been officially charged with one count of mail fraud, which involves creating, selling and trying to sell counterfeit wines, and also one count of wire fraud, for allegedly lying about his circumstances to New York-based Fine Art Capital in order to secure a $3m loan.

He was found guilty by a jury on Wednesday 18th December 2013 and is due to be sentenced in April 2014.
- Trial replay: Day one in court
- Trial replay: Day two in court
- Trial replay: Day three in court
- Trial replay: Day four in court
- Trial replay: Day five in court
- Trial replay: Day six in court
- Trial replay: Day seven in court

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Where are Rudy Kurniawan's missing fake wines?

14th May 2014

The most striking part of state prosecutors' sentencing report on Rudy Kurniawan was not their call for the convicted wine fraudster to get 14 years in prison, but their assertion that millions of...

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Rudy Kurniawan should get 14 years in prison, say state prosecutors

12th May 2014

Convicted wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan deserves up to 14 years behind bars for making and selling more than $20m-worth of fake fine wines so that he could 'live like a king', prosecutors have argued.

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Rudy Kurniawan has served his sentence, argue lawyers

2nd May 2014

A penniless and isolated Rudy Kurniawan has already faced 27 months in custody and should not face further time behind bars, lawyers for the convicted wine fraudster have argued.

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Rudy Kurniawan sentencing delayed

23rd April 2014

Convicted wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan must wait until the end of May to be sentenced, after authorities requested more time to handle the case.

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US collector sues Antique Wine Co over alleged fakes

22nd April 2014

A fine wine collector has filed a lawsuit against Antique Wine Co (AWC) in the US city of Atlanta, alleging that two bottles of Chateau d'Yquem, 12 bottles of Lafite Rothschild and one six-litre...

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The Decanter interview: Maureen Downey

17th April 2014

Relying only on instinct, self-taught skills and the most rudimentary tools of authentication, she could be fine wine’s answer to Sherlock Holmes. And, following a high-profile conviction, she is...

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Rudy Kurniawan film goes into production

28th January 2014

A documentary film charting the rise and fall of convicted wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan is in production and set to be complete by the end of 2014, according to producers.

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Jefford on Monday: The Oldest Wine Story of All

9th January 2014

Why was the trial of wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan so compelling? It was, after all, hard to squeeze tears for the millionaires, braggarts and 'big boys' who were his erstwhile chums and eventual...

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A glimse into the world of fake wine hunter William Koch

26th December 2013

Billionaire William Koch is no stranger to shoot-outs with alleged wine counterfeiters, and his appearance for the prosecution at Rudy Kurniawan's trial offered a rare glimpse into the wine...

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Kurniawan associates 'fled' on his arrest say defence lawyers

20th December 2013

Defence lawyers for the convicted wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan have told decanter.com of their plan to lodge an appeal, their difficulties in finding non-hostile witnesses and that they would...

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