August 1, 2018 – Tel Aviv, Israel The Department of Enforcement and Supervision of the Israeli Ministry of Health conducted a raid on a liquor warehouse in Holon after receiving a tip. The warehouse raided had a trading name of 5-Star Liquor located at 10 Bar Kochba, Holon, Israel. Cases of vodka bottles were seized…

September 13 ,2017 – Grimsby, England Somalingam Vijayaruban, the shop owner of Today’s Express located on Chelmsford Avenue, in Grimbsy, England was sentenced to 12 months of community service and ordered to pay £1,100 towards the cost of the investigation for selling counterfeit vodka. Mr. Vijayaruban became known to investigators when a woman informed them…

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 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…

April 15, 2017 Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia The police in Krasnoyarsk Krai may have been a little tipsy when they raided a basement operation that was producing an extremely large amount of fake vodka. The police spokesman ventured to guess that it was the largest fake operation busted in the region if not the entire country.…

Duisberg, Germany – March 30.2017 The North Rhine-Westphalia Department of Consumer Protection announced that their agents seized over 1,000 bottles of liquid labeled as Diamond Vodka in a search that was conducted in February. Two men were arrested along with the seizure of the 1028 bottles after a search was conducted. The two men arrested…