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…

September 16, 2017 Hull, England Graham Carlisle, landlord of The Ship Inn, in Anne Watson Street, East Hull, England went before the Hull Magistrates Court on September 15, 2017 to admit guilt for serving fake Jägermeister. The charges were filed on January 6, 2017. The Ship Inn had a vending machine that dispensed the fake…

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…

August 29,2017 – Xiangyang, China The Xiangyang police began to investigate when suspicions were aroused by the inconsistency of wine bottles that were appearing in alcohol and tobacco shops throughout the city. The bottles in question were domestic wine – Changyu, which along with the Great Wall brand are often a target of fraudulent fake…

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…

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…

On July 19, 2017, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Officers (HMRC) raided a fake vodka factory in Aintree, outside of Liverpool. During the raid, the HRMC discovered a Vodka bottling operation, including a 1000-liter drum suspected of containing fake vodka, a bottling machine, cases of fake bottles, labels and caps. The fake vodka was being bottled…