A prosecutor has opened the New York fraud trial of a California wine dealer by calling him greedy, but a defence lawyer says his client is the victim of a corrupt industry.
The differing views were offered to jurors in federal court in New York City during opening statements on Monday at the trial of Rudy Kurniawan.
The Indonesian-born immigrant of Chinese descent was arrested last year and accused of trying to sell more than US$1.3 million ($1.57 million) worth of counterfeit bottles to other wealthy collectors.
Prosecutor Jason Hernandez says Kurniawan manufactured fake wine labels at his Arcadia, California, kitchen.
Defence attorney Jerome Mooney portrays his client as a scapegoat.
The millionaire businessman is being held without bail.