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Prosecutors: Prominent wine collector sold $1.3 million worth of counterfeit bottles

• By NBC News, msnbc.com staff
 

An Indonesian millionaire who was once known as one of the world's up-and-coming collectors and dealers of rare wines was arrested on Thursday and accused of trying to bamboozle other wealthy buyers with more than $1.3 million worth of counterfeit bottles.

Rudy Kurniawan, 35, of Arcadia, Calif., was arrested in Los Angeles, where he has lived in luxury for years despite a longstanding deportation order expelling him from the country, federal prosecutors said. He is charged in New York with repeatedly trying to sell sophisticated fakes of vintages that can trade for thousands of dollars per bottle.

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