The previous private assistant to Goldman Sachs co-president David Solomon fled to Rome in November 2016, in the future after privately admitting he took $1.2 million price of uncommon wine from the manager’s assortment.
A federal court docket choose in Los Angeles on Wednesday denied Nicolas De-Meyer bail and referred to as him a flight threat. De-Meyer, who had labored for Solomon from 2008 to 2016, had admitted to his boss he took the wine throughout a gathering with him and his spouse at a Manhattan resort that November, the day earlier than he fled the U.S.
He traveled in Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland and Morocco and was issued a 10-year visa in Brazil in 2016, in line with FBI agent Elizabeth Rivas, who testified on Wednesday about De-Meyer’s arrest at Los Angeles Worldwide Airport on Tuesday night time. The FBI tracked his actions utilizing financial institution data and ATM withdrawals, she mentioned.
Solomon’s spouse supplied a sworn assertion that she, her husband and De-Meyer met on the resort in New York that November. Throughout that assembly, De-Meyer admitted to taking the wine. They talked about potential prosecution, Rivas mentioned Wednesday, and Solomon would not assure that the FBI wouldn’t be concerned.
De-Meyer was supposed to satisfy Solomon’s spouse at a financial institution the subsequent day to pay them again however he by no means confirmed up, as a substitute fleeing the nation, Rivas mentioned. In a recorded cellphone name to Solomon’s spouse after that day, he admitted once more he took the wine and had left for Rome.
The FBI agent says De-Meyer denied utilizing a pretend title, as he was accused of doing in an indictment unsealed Wednesday by federal prosecutors in Manhattan. The Los Angeles choose ordered De-Meyer to be detained and despatched to the federal court docket in Manhattan, the place he was charged by a grand jury.
De-Meyer, 40, has no steady employment, the Los Angeles choose mentioned in a listening to Wednesday afternoon, and there was a priority he wouldn’t present up in New York for court docket.
De-Meyer took tons of of bottles of wine from Solomon’s private assortment, together with seven of a uncommon French Burgundy that Solomon had acquired for greater than $133,000, the indictment mentioned. As a member of Solomon’s family workers, certainly one of De-Meyer’s jobs had been to obtain wine shipments on the govt’s New York residence after which to switch wine from the New York residence to a property within the Hamptons.
As an alternative, the grand jury indictment mentioned, he used the pretend title “Mark Miller” to promote stolen bottles to a North Carolina wine vendor.
The invention of lacking bottles within the assortment seems to coincide with the sale of Solomon’s New York residence in November 2016 for $21.5 million. That residence was described as having Central Park views and a 1,000-bottle wine storage space.