Rudy Kurnawian loses bid for freedom

Rudy Kurnawian, the Indonesian wine fraudster, failed on Monday to persuade a U.S. judge to set aside his 10-year prison term for counterfeiting an estimated $30 million worth of wine.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman rejected for a second time the “strategic decision” argument presented by Kurnawian’s lawyers. In December 2015, a federal appeals court rejected an earlier request.

When Kurnawian was arrested on March 8, 2012, a total of 12,000 bottles of fake vintages were found with printed fake labels.

Nicknamed Dr Conti for his love of Burgundy wines, especially Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Kurnawian was found guilty of one fraud related to counterfeiting wine, and one count of wine fraud for defrauding a loan company on a $3 million loan.

A lawyer now representing Kurnawian did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (Report: Reuters.)