Ponsot: “Kurniawan had an accomplice”

on 12/06/12 at 12:11 pm

Wine

Laurent Ponsot of Domaine Ponsot in Burgundy has spoken out about the Rudy Kurniawan wine fraud case, claiming he knows the identity of an accomplice in the collector’s alleged crimes.

“Rudy has been advised by someone with extensive knowledge of Burgundy. I know who it is, but in the current state of the investigation, I keep this information secret,” Ponsot told Vanity Fair magazine.

“Rudy himself should denounce his informants and his accomplices.” Ponsot added.

One person thought to be a possible accomplice is Kurniawan’s Burgundy-born friend and former business associate Paul Wasserman, who met Kurniawan in 2002.

Managing a wine shop Kurniawan bought in LA, Wasserman educated the young Indonesian collector in the intricacies of Burgundy.

“He would call me regularly for buying advice and insights into producers, vineyards and vintages. He was avid for information and I was an excellent source for him,” Wasserman told Vanity Fair.

Defending himself on wine writer Mike Steinberger’s Wine Diarist website, Wasserman denied any knowledge of Kurniawan’s counterfeiting activities and apologised for “any unwitting role” that may have contributed to the scandal.

Wasserman claims he and the now 35-year-old Kurniawan fell out at the end of 2008.

Since being indicted in New York on 9 May, details have emerged about Kurniawan’s counterfeiting methods.

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