Stradivarius dealer gets six years for embezzlement

Dietmar Machold waits for the start of his trial for fraud and embezzlement at a court in Vienna September 19, 2012. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter BaderVIENNA (Reuters) – A dealer in rare Stradivarius violins coveted by the world's top violinists was sentenced on Friday to six years in prison for embezzlement after his glittering global empire crumbled. Dietmar Machold, 63, built his Bremen-based family business into a juggernaut with branches in Zurich, Vienna, New York and Chicago to serve elite musicians and collectors of the instruments that can command prices of several million dollars. …