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…

Saudi Arabia – February 16, 2018 In Saudi Arabia alcohol possession and consumption is illegal, punishable by up to 500 lashes. Yet, it has been rumored that the Kingdom is one of the largest consumers of Johnnie Walker Black Label in the Middle East. In a country where liquor is illegal, the only way the…

Guizhou, China – January 10, 2018 Police in Guizhou announced the destruction of 7,488 bottles of fake Moutai that has been seized throughout the year from fake Moutai workshops throughout the cities and provinces of Beijing, Chongqing, Zhejang, Hunan, Guizhou and Renhuai. In March of 2016 the local police became aware of an ongoing enterprise…

Beijing, China – December 7, 2017 In an unusual twist of fake wine, Chinese Officials for the Administration of Industry and Commerce paid a visit to a company called Shanghi Haotuo International Trading Company Ltd, located in the Fengtai District of Beijing. They were acting on a complaint by the luxury conglomerate, LVMH Moët Hennessy…

December 5, 2017 – Mutuati, Meru County, Kenya Meru County is the sixth largest urban center in Kenya, home to an estimated 1.4 million people. The most populous city is Meru, the county seat. Throughout the County there are towns surrounded by farms and homesteads. Agents from the Anti-Counterfeit Agency along with Police Officers from…

November 30, 2017 – County Louth, Ireland A Gardai farm raid produced a harvest of fake alcohol on November 29,2017. The Irish Tax and Customs Revenue Division announced in a Press Release the successful conclusion of a joint operation of Revenue Officers and armed Gardai from the town of Dundalk on a farm in County…

Fake Branded Liquor Cases November 29,2017 – Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia The gated community of Goodview Heights, in Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia is billed as a holistic township. It is a planned development that features upper middle-class apartments, condominiums and single-family residents, complete with retail and office space. The idyllic silence of this secured community was shattered…

November 27, 2017 – Heyuan, Guangdong, China Twenty-two people were reported poisoned by Counterfeit Alcohol in China at the Muse Bar in the sprawling city of Heyuan. Thirteen people were hospitalized with four still unconscious and being treated in the ICU. It has been determined by tests that all twenty-two people were poisoned by methanol…

November 10, 2017 – Elektrougli, Russia – Elektrougli is a town of 20,000 people located 22 miles east of Moscow and serviced by the Moscow- Nizhny Novgorod Railway. The urbanized town of Elektrougli was chartered in 1956. While maintaining its small-town appeal it is filled with thriving manufacturing facilities and warehouses. On the outskirts of…

November 16, 2017 – Shanghi, China Based on complaints from Treasury Wine Estates, the official distributor of Penfolds wine from Australia, the Chinese police launched an investigation into wine offered for sale at a discount on Alibaba’s online flea market Taobao. The complaint by Treasury Wine Estates was filed with Alibaba after an Executive noticed…