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Man accused in $1.3-million fake French wine scam

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Federal officials on Thursday announced fraud charges against a Los Angeles man accused of selling $1.3 million in counterfeit wine.

The U.S. attorney's office in New York alleges that wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan claimed he was selling rare vintage French wine at various auctions.

Kurniawan was arrested in Los Angeles by the FBI. Authorities say the sales occurred between 2007 and 2012.

"He engaged in multiple fraudulent schemes relating to his wine business, including attempting to sell counterfeit wine that, if genuine, would have been worth over $1.3 million," the U.S. attorney said in a statement. 

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