Kolkata, India – September 23, 2017 The festival of Durga Puja in Kolkata was marred by Counterfeit Spirits in the form of Fake Alcohol.  The first tip off came to police from the red-light district of Sonagachi with reports of people falling ill after consuming alcohol. Enforcement Branch Officials could trace the purchases to the…

Surat, India – September 19, 2017 Police in Surat were directed to a scrap yard by an anonymous tip that was received concerning the production of spurious liquor. At the scrap yard the police raiding party found two suspects, Sushant and Yogesh both residents of Pasadena. Police believe that these two were only workers and…

Northumberland County, England September-7-2017 The Trading Standards Officers have seized many bottles of fake vodka from Pubs throughout Northumberland Pubs. The fake vodka, when analyzed, showed that it contained industrial alcohol.  Industrial alcohol is distilled ethyl alcohol, dangerous and deadly when consumed. Ethyl alcohol is produced for use as a sterilizer and cleaner. It is…

August 31, 2017 The police in Riau, Indonesia along with the regional prosecutor watched as heavy machinery was used to destroy over 18,000 liters of fake alcohol that was seized in a raid. The demolished fake alcohol represented imitations of the most famous brands of liquor along with lesser known brands. Even with all the…

Fake Alcohol comes in Many Varieties The Substitution Game The substitution game has been around since the beginning of taverns. The unscrupulous bartender or owner will save empty bottles of higher end liquors and refill them a brand they can buy for less. In today’s world vodka is one of the most common liquors that…

On August 23, 2017. The State Fiscal Service of Ukraine announced raids at six state distilleries in Vinnytsia, Sumy, Ternopil and Kharkiv regions that are not part of Ukrspyrt, the State-owned liquor producing enterprise. The State Fiscal Service was ostensibly looking for tax evasion, and income diversion, instead they discovered the makings of an underground…

August 22, 2017 Agents from the Irish Tax and Customs ‘Revenue’ department seized over 130 gallons of tainted alcohol. The counterfeit booze included: Sangria, Beer and Wine. The retail value of the seized fake alcohol was estimated at $8,000 USD. The illicit shipment of alcohol was found in Dublin Port and was hidden inside a consignment…

August 9,2017 – Newcastle, England Shopkeeper Najeb Kosar, proprietor of J & A Mini Market located at 813-815 Welbeck Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne UK faced the magistrates for liquor violations regarding selling fake vodka.  Mr. Kosar faces a license revocation as the result of being found guilty of offering for sale counterfeit liquor. In December…

The counterfeit liquor industry is growing by the day.  The scourge of Asia has made its way across the EU, down to South America and throughout the USA. It is not a new phenomenon for bars, clubs, lounges, resorts and casinos to try to boost their alcohol sales nor their profits, what is new is…

August 11, 2017 – Birkenhead, UK Mailvaganam Sathakaran, a shopkeeper in Birkenhead, was found guilty by a jury of the Liverpool Crown Court in relation to charges of selling fake vodka. The trail is the result of a raid with a search warrant on November 10,2015, Helen Richardson, Prosecutor informed the jury. Trading standards officer…