Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Assistant to Goldman's No. 2 Allegedly Stole His Fine Wine

Assistant Steals $1.2 Million in Rare Wine From Top Goldman Sachs Exec Feds Getty Images for Fortune
Nellie Chapman | 18 January, 2018, 15:49

Prosecutors added that between 2014 and 2016, using the alias "Mark Miller", De Meyer sold hundreds of the stolen bottles to a wine dealer based in North Carolina, whom he had found online.

A wealthy wine collector with ties to Long Island was robbed by his personal assistant of hundreds of bottles worth more than $1.2 million, according to an indictment released today by federal prosecutors in Manhattan. Jake Siewert, a Goldman Sachs spokesman, declined to immediately comment.

De-Meyer managed to sell seven bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, a French pinot noir considered the most expensive wine in the world and described as "liquid velvet". He had a 1,000-bottle wine storage area in his Manhattan residence, according to The Real Deal.

Though the newly unsealed indictment against Nicholas De-Meyer does not identify his boss by name, the oenophile victim has been reported as Goldman Sachs Co-President David Solomon.

The document added one of the 40-year-old's duties was to receive shipments of wine at his boss's apartment in Manhattan and then transport them to a property in East Hampton, approximately 100 miles east of New York City.

De-Meyer was arrested in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor's office in NY.

Solomon has been collecting wine for decades, according to the person, and accumulated many investment-grade bottles. The seven bottles of DRC that were stolen had previously been purchased for $133,650, prosecutors said. The bank hasn't publicly disclosed details of his full compensation package, but filings show he received an award of restricted stock worth about US$10 million on Jan 19.

It sounds like a good gig: working as the personal assistant for-and managing the stunning wine collection of-the No. 2 man at Goldman Sachs.