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(CBS News)   Billionaire William Koch is outraged that he got duped by counterfeit wine makers. Subby will be sure to get him a nanoscopic violin and a box of Trader Joe's Block Red Shiraz for Christmas   ( cbsnews.com) divider line
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2013-12-23 07:20:57 AM  
"There's still wine in the bottle, too -- what could it be?  'Moose piss?' Koch suggested."

I know he's not one of the teabagger-puppet-master Kochs, but think this is proof that their father raised a pack of irrepressible douchebags, no matter their politics.

\though its clear which two brothers are more skilled at spending their money, and with greater harm to the body politic
 
2013-12-23 08:33:56 AM  

Gyrfalcon: LittleSmitty: Does one buy a 250 + year old bottle of wine to drink, or just to say "I have a 250 year old bottle of La-De-Da because I'm a rich douche that can afford it?"

Yeah, I know the answer. I just can't see buying booze to look at.

I'm just trying to wrap my head around the idea of "counterfeit wine" in the first place. My boss told me about this story when it broke, and apparently the guy wasn't just faking the BOTTLES he was actually faking the WINE. In case anyone opened and drank the stuff. He was making FORGED WINE.

I mean, holy crap, what kind of niche crime is that?!?


Apparently a very profitable one. People pay thousands of dollars for a single bottle of rare wine. Cases of rare wines go for hundreds of thousands of dollars. There is an industry built around the storage and security of rare wines and whiskys. Climate controlled vaults with high tech security systems.

Rich people problems...
 
2013-12-23 09:11:52 AM  
Someone played KOCH for a SUCKER?

The deuce you say!!!
 
2013-12-23 11:15:46 AM  

Gyrfalcon: ka1axy: Gyrfalcon: LittleSmitty: Does one buy a 250 + year old bottle of wine to drink, or just to say "I have a 250 year old bottle of La-De-Da because I'm a rich douche that can afford it?"

Yeah, I know the answer. I just can't see buying booze to look at.

I'm just trying to wrap my head around the idea of "counterfeit wine" in the first place. My boss told me about this story when it broke, and apparently the guy wasn't just faking the BOTTLES he was actually faking the WINE. In case anyone opened and drank the stuff. He was making FORGED WINE.

I mean, holy crap, what kind of niche crime is that?!?

apparently, a highly profitable one!

I guess--I just never considered niche crime as the next thing in the illicit underworld.


You've been hit by a ... Hip criminal!
 
2013-12-23 02:50:01 PM  
So, he's spent $25,000,000 on investigating this fraud. I wonder how much the court and police have spent processing his lawsuit. Seems like he is getting a valuable service for his taxes.
 
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