Wines from convicted wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan’s private cellar are to be sold to repay the victims of his scams, who are owed in the region of US$30m.
A new Food Crime Unit is setting itself against rising levels of wine fraud, amid claim drinks companies aren’t doing enough to help prevent crime.
Winemaker Dominique Giroud, who was accused of adulterating thousands of bottles of wine with an unapproved variety, has had wine fraud charges against him dropped.
A London merchant has become the third UK business victim this month of major wine theft, after fraudsters conned the firm out of almost £50,000-worth of stock.
A conman pretending to work for Chelsea football star Didier Drogba has stolen £28,000 worth of wine from a two Michelin-starred restaurant in Cambridge.
Con men pretending to work for wealthy Arab clients have stolen £11,500 of Champagne and fine wine from Michelin-starred restaurant Pied à Terre.
UK customs officials have seized 137,000 litres of alcohol following a European-wide crackdown on alcohol smuggling.
South African winemakers have taken new steps to help prevent wine fraud.
An “arms race” between authorities and wine counterfeiters is underway, according to an expert witness from the trial of conman Rudy Kurniawan.
As many as one in five bottles of wine stocked in independent shops in England could be fakes, sold to stores by organised criminals.
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