This Week in Drinksanity! A $500,000 Wine Fraud With a Crazy Story

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  • CoalmineCanary posted 2 years ago

    Mr. Merkin's assessment that "it's hard to blame him," is a sophomoric but typical Robin Hood mentality that is best left in the pages of fiction. Apparently to Matt, committing fraud and defaulting on millions in loans is okay when the victims are wealthy.

  • valhallaarwen posted 2 years ago

    It's funny. This sounds just like a couple of episodes of Law and Order CI Season 10, Trophy Wine - (When a wealthy wine importer is found dead of a heart attack after being locked in his wine cellar, Detectives Goren and Eames uncover the conspiratorial workings of a high-end auction house. When it is discovered he had been selling a counterfeit product, attention turns to his business associates and fellow wine enthusiasts) and Law & Order Season 18 Submission (When the police shut down a dog-fighting ring, the investigation becomes a murder case after a woman's finger is found inside one of the dogs; things get more complicated as the case deepens, and the interest of a pushy reporter is sparked. This leads to a counterfeit wine ring also). In the L&O CI episode the wine is from George Washington. This story could have been the inspiration for that episode. Most of L & O episodes (any of the shows) were ripped from the headlines.

  • pugsy posted 2 years ago

    story's a little dated don't you think?

  • Cain posted 2 years ago

    His story of this scheme was recently showed on an episode of "American Greed". Pretty amazing how much he got away with and how lucrative the "fake vintage" wine industry is.

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