By Hannah Roberts In Rome
Published: 22:06 BST, 29 May 2014 | Updated: 14:11 BST, 30 May 2014
Opera star Andrea Bocelliâ€™s was defrauded by conmen after they created tens of thousands of counterfeit bottles of his claim marked wine – what’s more, sold it for up to ten times the price.
The rip-off variants of Bocelli a Lajatico were sold in Italy what’s more, abroad close by counterfeit bottles of other exemplary Italian wines, such as Chianti what’s more, Brunello.
The enormous extortion sheds light on the fake wine exchange from which criminal packs in the agribusiness area harvest millions.
The bottles – which were dishonestly checked as Brunello di Montalcino, Chiantis what’s more, the musical drama singer’s claim mark – were uncovered by police in Tuscany, after a arrangement of raids, Italian daily paper La Repubblica reported.
The wines were said to be of poor quality yet conveyed the highly-prized DOCG label, meaning ensured assignment of origin.
Investigators trawled wine cellars, shops, general stores what’s more, packaging processing plants to covert the scam.
Police in the locales of Lazio, Liguria what’s more, Umbria were moreover involved, the service of agribusiness said in a statement.
The dazzle musical show star possesses a family winery close Pisa with his sibling Alberto, which produces about 300 bottles a year.Â
Agriculture Serve Maurizio Martina applauded the work of police what’s more, depicted the wine exchange as ‘one of the fundamental symbols’ of Italyâ€™s rural heritage.
He said: ‘We must proceed to work with most extreme consideration to guard our creation from all illegality, which harms the â€˜Made in Italyâ€™ [brand].’
Six individuals are under examination for extortion what’s more, counterfeit. Â