US sentencing for fraudulent wine dealer postponed again

Sentencing for disgraced wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan, who was found guilty of fraud for manufacturing fake vintages, has been postponed to July, a US federal court said Wednesday.

New York: Sentencing for disgraced wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan, who was found guilty of fraud for manufacturing fake vintages, has been postponed to July, a US federal court said Wednesday.

His sentencing had been set for Wednesday but the delay will allow for several unaddressed issues to be handled before the July sentencing, said Judge Richard Berman.
Indonesian-born Kurniawan, 37, was convicted in December, capping a stunning fall from grace that could see him jailed for 40 years.

During the trial, prosecutors described him as "a prolific wine counterfeiter" who made millions of dollars and an arch liar motivated by greed.

Kurniawan, once considered one of the top-five wine collectors in the exclusive world of fine vintage wine, had lived a jet-set lifestyle with all the trappings of a millionaire.

Meanwhile, Kurniawan was selling at auction and direct to collectors more than 1,000 fake bottles blended in his kitchen, or "magic cellar," in the home he shared with his Chinese mother in Arcadia, on the outskirts of Los Angeles.

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