Wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan loses final appeal
Wine fraudster set to remain in prison...
Wine fraudster set to remain in prison...
US officials sold the stake to help repay Kurniawan's victims
Rudy Kurniawan has appealed against his conviction for making and selling millions of dollars-worth of fake fine wines in his Los Angeles home.
A year since Rudy Kurniawan was convicted for mass wine fraud in the US, experts are preparing to enter his private cellar to see if wines can be sold to compensate victims owed nearly $30m.
See both sides of the debate as to whether the recent case and subsequent jailing of wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan has damaged trust in the fine wine market, as featured as the 'burning question' in the Decanter October 2014 issue...
Convicted wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan has agreed to pay $3m and 'tell everything he knows' to settle a lawsuit with billionaire collector Bill Koch, after his sentencing was again delayed.
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 dollars of his wine remains in private cellars.
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.
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.
Convicted wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan must wait until the end of May to be sentenced, after authorities requested more time to handle the case.
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 methuselah of Chateau Margaux that he bought from the firm are all counterfeit.
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 in big demand. John Stimpfig reports...
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.
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 victims.
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 collector's world.
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 have welcomed the chance to question Acker Merrall & Condit chief John Kapon.
Read a transcript of the moment Rudy Kurniawan was found guilty of mail fraud and wire fraud on the seventh day of the trial in New York.
It took just a week of testimony and barely more than an hour of deliberation for a jury to convict 37-year-old wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan, but the ramifications of this case may not be resolved so quickly, says Michael Steinberger
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.
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 brew' of fake wine to dupe collectors.
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.
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 saw billionaire wine collector and counterfeit hunter Bill Koch take to the witness stand.
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 estates that should not have existed.
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 bottling equipment.
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 alleged wine fraudster's trial.