October 10, 1976: On this day, Rudy Kurniawan was born. Kurniawan is a convicted wine counterfeiter. He came to the United States by way of Jakarta, Indonesia in the 1990s and established himself as a collector and distributor of fine wines. Kurniawan became a fixture in the American wine collector and auction scene until he was arrested by the FBI following mounting evidence of fraud. For a thorough account of Kurniawan’s rise and fall in the esteem of the field of wine collection, see this article from New York magazine.
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