In March 2012 the New York Times reported that FBI agents arrested a leading wine merchant on charges that he had sold more than $1.3 million in counterfeit wine. He was charged with mail and wire fraud. As FBI assistant director Janice Fedarcyk explained, “the bad faith sale of any commodity you know to be a counterfeit, fake or forgery is a felony. Whether you are peddling a Picasso or a Petrus, a Botticelli or a Burgundy, unless it is what you say it is, the sale is a ...

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