About 500 bottles of counterfeit wine destroyed in Texas

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500 bottles of counterfeit wine tossed; supplier sentenced to 10 years in prison.

AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – About 500 bottles of counterfeit wine have been destroyed in Texas in a case linked to a California dealer who mixed cheap vintages and sold them for millions of dollars.DOWNTOWN AUSTIN, TX – It might seem strange, but bottles of wine seized from counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan’s case are being auctioned off and will be shipped from Pflugerville. Investigators say Kurniawan mixed wines in his kitchen, poured the concoctions into old bottles with fake vintage labels and sold the items to collectors.

Kurniawan was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Aug. 7, 2014, for pulling an elaborate hoax in which he manufactured and sold counterfeit bottles of “rare “ wines, according to the FBI. Marshal’s office. “This is an expensive wine press, it’s a 6,000 lbs. magnet on a 75,000 lbs. material handler crane, normally its moving scrap metal around but today we are crushing wine bottles,” said Gregory. A number of authenticated high-value wines once owned by Kurniawan are also included in the auction. “It may sound ironic that we are selling wine that belonged to a convicted wine counterfeiter,” said Assistant Program Manager Jason Martinez of the U.S. The most expensive item is described as “DRC Romanée-Conti 750ml. 4cm Embossed remains of wax capsules, remains of labels, original corks illegible.

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