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Police Uncover Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Counterfeiting Ring

November 1, 2013

Wine Spectator reports that European authorities have thwarted a counterfeiting ring that’s been faking Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) wines. On Oct. 16, police officers in multiple European countries swooped down on 20 houses and companies, seizing evidence and hauling in seven people for questioning. Two men—a father and son from Italy—were arrested and now face charges of fraud. Both work in the wine merchant business. During the raid, police officers found packaging similar to what was used on the fake DRC in one of their homes. The two men are being held in Italy while awaiting extradition to France. If found guilty, they face a maximum of 10 years in prison.

In December 2012, DRC’s staff alerted gendarmes in Dijon, France, to their suspicions about fraudulent DRC-labeled wines seeping into the marketplace, sparking an investigation. The call set in motion a Europol crime sweep that spanned 10 countries and dismantled an international network involving forgery and smuggling. For the full story in Wine Spectator, click here.

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