July 1, 2018 – Jersey City, New Jersey, USA The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD), issued a report ‘Alcohol in the Shadow Economy’ in June 2018. IARD is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing harmful drinking and promoting responsible drinking. The Washington, DC based organization is supported by member companies from the alcohol industry. The…

June 18, 2018 – Sydney, Australia Two investigative reporters in Australia, Riley Stuart and Greg Miskelly filed freedom of information requests to pursue a lead concerning fake imported scotch and tequila being sold in liquor stores throughout Australia. Publishing their findings on ABC Australia, the documents obtained by the reporters confirm that several Australian companies…

May 13, 2018 – Guadalajara, Mexico As reported in Mexico News Daily, Federal Prosecutors aided by the Criminal Investigation Agency raided a warehouse in the El Álamo industrial park based on a compliant filed by the Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT). Upon entering the production facility housed inside the industrial park warehouse, investigators seized two…

May 12, 2018 – Songkhla, Thailand Following a prolonged investigation, soldiers, police, and local officials raided a two-story townhouse in Hat Yai, a municipality know as a shopping destination. The busy commercial sectors of Hat Yai are interspersed with middle and middle-class housing developments and units. The Ratdamari Road raid was conducted on a two-story…

Jakarta, Indonesia – April 19, 2018 On the heels of a surge in bootleg liquor deaths, the National Police Deputy Director Comr. Gen. Syafruddin has directed all regional Police Chiefs to put Bootleg Liquor at the top of their priority list. The Deputy Chief is mandating that local Police Chiefs are to take proactive steps…

April 11, 2018– Jakarta, Indonesia On April 10,2018 International Press reported that at least 2 dozen people have died in the previous 24 hours from drinking toxic bootleg booze raising the monthly toll to 82. National Police Spokesperson Setyo Wassisto broke down the numbers differently, claiming that 51 have died in West Java alone over…

March 31, 2018 – Lagos, Nigeria Benjamin Ojuku travelled to China to study how to make wines and spirituous liquor. The 55-year-old alcohol entrepreneur returned to Nigeria in 2015 to start his business in Nnewi, Anambra state. Mr. Ojukwu was arrested on March 30, 2018 by the Lagos State Police Command for selling adulterated wines…

March 28,2018 – Zhengzhou, China Central China Police have raided a warehouse in Zhengzhou, China uncovering more than 50,000 bottles of Fake Wine. The wine in question was labeled as the prestigious Australian Penfolds brand. The value of the 8300 cases of fake wine, branded as Penfolds was estimated at $3.7 Million. Treasury Wine Estates…

March 19, 2018 – Paris, France The annual report of the Direction Générale de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Répression des Fraudes (DGCRF) released on March 16, 2018, a massive wine fraud investigation was summarized. The DGCRF listed one of the Nation’s largest wine fraud cases ever uncovered involving the highly prized…

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