By John Smith • 23 December 2017 • 15:08
WHEN there was a knock on the door of a warehouse in A Coruña, it wasn’t Santa Claus who had come calling but the National Police looking for 20,000 bottles of fake champagne.
The investigation started following a formal complaint from the Committee Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne (CIVC), which had discovered the sale in Spain of a number of bottles purporting to be champagne and bearing false Champagne Denomination of Origin labels.
Initially 10,000 bottles supposedly from different manufacturers in the champagne region were discovered in a warehouse run by a distributor who had purchased them believing that they were genuine.
By following up information obtained, the officers were able to discover the address of the supplier and found a further 10,000 bottles which were destined for sale in the area of A Coruña as well as Malaga and Ourense.
The owner of the company that supplied the fake champagne was arrested and the goods in the warehouse have been confiscated.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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