Rudy Kurniawan, 37, who has lived in Los Angeles the past several years, is the first person convicted of selling phony wines in the United States, Wine Spectator reported. He could spend the next 40 years in prison, the magazine said.
The jury deliberated less than 2 hours before finding him guilty of fraud for selling the phony wines and scamming a finance company.
Kurniawan had piled up $24.7 million in a 2006 auction of his wines, the magazine said.
"I feel no pity for him. It's good justice," winemaker Laurent Ponsot told Wine Spectator after the verdict.
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