[Marxism] While Nero fiddles

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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. 

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 
clam pizza.

“Wine list prices are crazy right now,” Mr. Solomon told Bloomberg 
Pursuits. “I prefer to bring something with me.”

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