[Marxism] While Nero fiddles
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Wed Jan 17 20:18:52 MST 2018
NY Times, Jan. 17, 2018
Assistant to Goldman Sachs Executive Stole and Sold His Rare Wines, U.S.
By MATTHEW HAAG
After a day in the high-flying world of high finance, David M. Solomon
knows how to unwind. He can be seen on stage in some of Manhattan’s
dance clubs, mixing electronic music as D.J. D-Sol for throngs of
For a more tranquil evening, Mr. Solomon enjoys fine food and fine wine,
and is known to arrive at steakhouses with a rare vintage from his
cellar. For years, Mr. Solomon, a co-president at Goldman Sachs, tasked
his personal assistant with helping manage a world-class collection of wine.
But his assistant, Nicolas De-Meyer, was doing much more than simply
stocking his boss’s wine cellar in the Hamptons, federal authorities
said. Mr. De-Meyer stole some of the most coveted French vintages —
worth more than $1.2 million — in Mr. Solomon’s collection and sold
them, according to an indictment unsealed on Wednesday in United States
District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Mr. De-Meyer, 40, was arrested on Tuesday night at Los Angeles
International Airport and was charged with one count of interstate
transportation of stolen property, the authorities said. If convicted,
he could face up to 10 years in prison.
“Rare wines have a very specific market, but even given the narrow
chance of making money illegally, thieves will find a way to break the
law,” William F. Sweeney Jr., the head of the F.B.I.’s New York office,
said in a statement.
As the personal assistant to Mr. Solomon, Mr. De-Meyer received
shipments of wine at his boss’s Manhattan apartment and was then
expected to deliver them to the wine cellar at Mr. Solomon’s home in
East Hampton on Long Island.
But hundreds of bottles never made it to that cellar, the authorities
said. Mr. De-Meyer stole them and, using an alias of Mark Miller, sold
them to a wine dealer from North Carolina who would pick them up at the
apartment, according to the indictment.
Among the vast collection, the most prized vintages stolen were seven
bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, a French pinot noir from
Burgundy produced by one of the most revered vineyards in the world.
Reviewers have described the wines, which can fetch tens of thousands of
dollars per bottle, as “liquid velvet.”
Mr. De-Meyer sold the seven bottles, which his boss had purchased for
$133,650, to the wine dealer. From 2014 to late 2016, Mr. De-Meyer sold
bottles valued at more than $1.2 million, the authorities said.
It is not clear how much money Mr. De-Meyer made off the sales or how
the theft was discovered. His lawyer could not be reached for comment on
The indictment does not name Mr. Solomon, but a Goldman Sachs spokesman
confirmed he was the victim.
In an interview last year, Mr. Solomon spoke about his love of great
wine and pairing one of his bottles with Wagyu dry-aged beef or even a
“Wine list prices are crazy right now,” Mr. Solomon told Bloomberg
Pursuits. “I prefer to bring something with me.”
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