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Today, while Goldman Sachs revealed its latest financial results, one of the top bankers of the investment bank giant of the United States may have had other things running through his mind as his former personal assistant was accused of stealing from his rare wine collection.
According to Bloomberg, Nicholas De-Meyer was identified in an indictment that was uncovered today in a Manhattan court. He was charged with stealing wine that is worth $1.2m (£870,000) while working as the personal assistant of a wine collector.
Even though he was not identified in the indictment, Goldman confirmed the owner of the wine was David Solomon, the president and co-chief operating officer of the firm.
According to a local property website, Solomon is a renowned oenophile. He has storage for as much as 1,000 wine bottles in his apartment in New York. According to another Bloomberg interview with a local sommelier in 2017, he is considered to be “one of the more knowledgeable and adventurous wine people out there.”
Goldman Sachs said in a statement: “The theft was discovered in the fall of 2016 and reported to law enforcement at that time. They have been pursuing the matter and are better positioned to answer questions.”
Seven bottles from the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti (DRC) vineyard were included in the alleged theft included. DRC is called by wine merchants Justerini and Brooks as “one of the great Burgundian Domaines.”
The said bottles of wine were previously purchased for over $130,000, an average per bottle of nearly £14,000. In 2017, six bottles of 1996 DRC were sold for $134,750 at Sotheby’s in New York.
De-Meyer allegedly made use of the alias “Mark Miller” in order to sell the wine on to a dealer.