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.
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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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Guilty: Rudy Kurniawan convicted in New York court

18th December 2013

Rudy Kurniawan has been convicted of a 'smoke and mirrors' operation to make and sell counterfeit fine wine, in one of the most high-profile wine fraud trials on record.

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Kurniawan trial: Defence fights back as jurors told to discuss verdict

18th December 2013

Rudy Kurniawan's defence team used their only witness to paint him as more a victim than a fraudster, but state prosecutors insisted that he was merely a greedy individual who concocted a 'witch's...

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Kurniawan trial: Fine wine expert labels Rudy wines fakes

17th December 2013

An expert in authenticating fine wines, Michael Egan, has told jurors that nearly all the wines that he has examined from defendant Rudy Kurniawan's home are fake.

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Kurniawan trial: Rudy wanted source of auction wines kept secret, witness says

16th December 2013

One prosecution witness in the trial of Rudy Kurniawan has told of how the alleged wine fraudster tried to consign wines to auction anonymously through him, in a fifth day of the trial that also...

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Kurniawan trial: 'This wine cannot exist', winemaker Ponsot tells court

13th December 2013

Laurent Ponsot and Domaine de la Romanee-Conti's Aubert de Villaine have told jurors in the trial of alleged wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan of their shock at seeing wines supposedly from their own...

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Kurniawan trial: Rudy's house 'a wine factory' - prosecution

12th December 2013

An FBI officer who was part of the raid on Rudy Kurniawan's house has told a court of how agents found the alleged wine fraudster's house littered with labels of famous wine chateaux, bottles and...

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Kurniawan trial: Alleged fraudster owed millions of dollars

11th December 2013

Rudy Kurniawan had spiralling debts totalling millions of dollars around the same time that he attempted to sell counterfeit fine wine at auction, a court has heard in the second day of the...

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Kurniawan trial: 'This is a case about greed,' prosecution says

10th December 2013

State prosecutors have portrayed alleged fine wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan as a greedy individual who funded his taste for fast cars by baiting collectors into buying 'phony knock-offs', but...

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