June 30, 2018 – Sydney, Australia The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), has filed suit in Australia against D’Aquino Bros Pty Ltd for trademark infringement and deceiving consumers by distributing alcoholic beverages labeled as scotch that were not scotch. The SWA is citing three brands bottled and distributed by D’Aquino Bros Pty Ltd. The brands named…

June 29, 2018 – Dhanusha, India According to local police in Dhanusha, 10 people were overcome by alcohol poisoning after consuming liquor purchased from various shops in the Lakkad area of Kamala Municipality. Police announced that six of the victims died from alcohol poisoning after consuming the spurious liquor. The named deceased ranged in age…

June 19, 2018 – Sydney, Australia Investigative journalists, Riley Stuart and Greg Miskelly, writing for ABC in Australia filed numerous freedom of information requests in pursuit of counterfeit alcohol stories.  One of the files they reviewed as part of their freedom of information filing tells the story of a million-dollar outback bootlegger.  The reporters pieced…

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…

June 3, 2018 – Quanzhou City, China The Police in Quanzhou City are doing their part to ensure the safety of alcoholic beverages. In a three-prong raid, investigators were able to take down three counterfeit alcohol workshops along with 15 suspects. This was not a sophisticated counterfeit alcohol scheme, even though police estimated that the…

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…

May 09, 2018 – Guangdong, China Guangdong Police have made it a strike out, busting the 3rd Fake Penfolds wine counterfeiting ring in the last six months. This counterfeit wine ring did it the easy way, buying cheap domestic wine at $4 a bottle, pouring it in to counterfeit wine bottles and applying forged Penfolds Wine…

April 26, 2018 – The Hague, Netherlands Operation Opson VII was a joint operation combining the resources of Interpol and Europol that ran over the course of 4 months, From December 2017 through March 2018. Operation Opson VII was conducted in over sixty countries with coordinated efforts of local as well as national police forces…

Kfar Bara, Israel – April 26, 2018 Acting on a tip, Israeli Border Police executed a raid in the small town of Kfar Bara in pursuit of a fake alcohol factory. Entering the building, once used as a hanger, Israeli Border Police found a large fake alcohol factory. Among the dust and debris, police found…