Sentencing delayed for Kurniawan

Rudy KurniawanConvicted wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan will have to wait a little longer before he hears a Californian court deliver his sentence.

According to Kurniawan's lawyers there will be a delay until May 29 as final deliberations concerning the forfeiture of assets - including his Californian home - are finalised.

The Indonesian national was convicted in December of knowingly trading in counterfeit vintage wines duping collectors out of millions of dollars. Some of the famous vineyards targeted Kurniawan included Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Ponsot and Chateau Petrus.

Counsel representing Kuriniawan are trying to persuade the judge in the case that he has served sufficient time in prison and should be released. As of the start of May he has been incarcerated for 27 months.

Kurniawan was convicted of one count of mail fraud - which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison - and one count of wire fraud, which also carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

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