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Wine Spectator: Rudy Kurniawan’s Court Date Is Set

April 11, 2013

Rudy Kurniawan is going to trial, reports Wine Spectator. Thirteen months after his arrest by FBI agents, the Indonesian national, once at the top of the rare-wine world as a dealer and collector, pleaded not guilty in a Manhattan federal court yesterday to a two-count indictment charging him with schemes to sell counterfeit wines and to defraud a finance company to the tune of $3 million. While the trial is several months away, Kurniawan has shown no sign of making a deal with federal prosecutors.

Judge Richard Berman tentatively set a trial date for Sept. 9, though Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hernandez, lead prosecutor in the case, said he may ask for a later date because Berman’s selection falls during the busy season for several of his winemaker witnesses.

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