Defendant German businessman Dietmar Machold arrives in handcuffs for the start of his trial for fraud and embezzlement at a court in Vienna September 19, 2012. Machold is accused of fraud in dealing in historic musical instruments including Stradivarius violins. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader (AUSTRIA - Tags: BUSINESS CRIME LAW PROFILE)
German Dietmar Machold lived the high-life in Vienna as one of the world's foremost experts on violins.
But it was all a ponzi scheme.
And Friday, an Austrian court convicted him of embezzlement and fraud. Aaron Schachter tells the sad tale.