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…

November 8, 2017 – Walvis Bay, Namibia Namibian Customs officials in conjunction with Walvis Bay Municipal Authorities were presented with the problem of disposing of the largest counterfeit alcohol seizure this year. Last month as part of a World Custom Organization initiative that included nineteen Customs Administration and Ports in Africa, the Namibian Customs Agency…

Hyderabad, India – October 9,2017 Three people were arrested by the Telangana Prohibition and Excise Department’s State Task Force (STF) after seizing 325 bottles of spurious liquor. One of the accused was tasked with obtaining the counterfeit liquor bottles, labels and caps from Mumbai. The counterfeit packaging represented high end imported liquor brands including, The…

September 25, 2017 – Wausau, Wisconsin Working off anonymous tip, Revenue Agents for the State of Wisconsin began an investigation at the Mountain Lanes Family Fun Center in May 2017. In 1960, Mountain Lanes opened as a 24-lane bowling alley and has been a fixture in Wausau. The original owners began leasing the premises and…

September 23,2017 -Scotland Senior Customs officials have announced that they are in the process of hunting fake alcohol makers in Scotland.  The proliferation of fake alcohol is sweeping the United Kingdom and has reached epidemic proportions. Customs officials revealed that as soon as they identify and shut down an illicit producer another sets up shop.…

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…

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…