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Fake wines sold for 50,000 Euros

The police arrested a man suspected of faking wine in Vienna on Monday. The 44-year-old presumably sold 69 bottles of fake Bordeaux wines worth 50,000 Euros to a Viennese wine merchant in December.

The presumed fraudster contacted the wine merchant last summer, calling himself "Dr. Ferdinand von Rohr". He used a French GMX email address and offered the merchant from Vienna 69 bottles of exclusive wine.

The wine merchant did not suspect anything from the start. When he received the bottles on 12 December, however, he got suspicious. The merchant thus contacted a wine connoisseur who noticed that the labels appeared to be freshly printed.

While "Ferdinand von Rohr" promised further business, the wine merchant reported him to the police. The suspect was arrested on 18 February when he delivered more wine bottles. He is now in custody awaiting trial.

The offender refutes the fraud, but the police presume that the man has done business with other wine dealers and are requesting information from the public.

Vienna Times






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