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March 5, 2021
Alabama
Alabama
Wine Scam Costs Alabama Consumers $100K
(2008-05-20)
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Athens police have released the estimated cost of a wine scam they say a Florida man pulled on unsuspecting Alabama customers.

53-year-old Peter Nobile of Cape Coral is accused of bilking people out of $100,000 in bogus wine sales.

Nobile was arrested this weekend and charged with four counts of second-degree theft, eight counts of third-degree theft and selling alcohol without a license.

He was released on $18,500 bail Saturday.

Nobile's estranged wife, Starr Nobile, told the Decatur Daily that her husband did most of his business in Tennessee and also allegedly made bogus sales in Atlanta and Mississippi.

Police say Nobile targeted real estate agents, selling them personalized bottles of wine to use as gifts and tokens of customer appreciation.

The agents prepaid for the cases of wine, but they were never delivered to most of them.

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Information from: The Decatur Daily, http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml

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