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Decanter reports about this fraud case:
The French appeal court in Montpellier has upheld the sentences handed down in the notorious Red Bicyclette fake Pinot Noir case.

The Court has however made considerable changes to the sentences, imposed by a court in Carcassonne in February 2010.

Ringleader Claude Courset of the négociant company Ducasse, based in Carcassonne, had his suspended prison sentence increased from six to nine months, and his fine cut by a third from €45,000 to €30,000.

Alain Maurel of Vignobles Alain Maurel, and regional president of the Crédit Agricole bank, had his suspended sentence increased from three to four months but his fine reduced by half from €30,000 to €15,000.

The Sieur d’Arques co-operative, which made €1.3m from the fraud, had its fine reduced from €180,000 to €150,000.

Others were not so lucky. Montblanc, the commercial arm of Vignerons de Montblanc, had its fine doubled from €40,000 to €80,000.
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