Local Wine Swindler Number One, George Osumi.
The Crime. Mr. Osumi, of Legend Cellars in Irvine, took from his clients lockers almost $3-Million Bucks of Wine and replaced the stolen bottles with $2-Bucks of Chuck. He then auctioned off the stolen wine. His reasoning was they had so much wine they'd never notice. They did.
The Verdict. 8/31/13: six years in state prison.
Local Swindler Number Two, Rudy Kurniawan.
The Crime. Mr. Kurniawan, wine counterfeiter extraordinaire.
The Verdict. Set your calendars, his trial begins Monday, 9/9/13, in Manhattan.