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Assistant to the head of Goldman Sachs stole wine for 1.2 million dollars, traveled around the world and committed suicide

He jumped out of the hotel window on the day of the court hearing.

Hotel Carlyle in New York. AP Photo

Nicholas Demeyer, former personal assistant to the CEO of Goldman Sachs David Solomon, committed suicide on October 9 – the day of the hearing. As expected, in court he pleads guilty to stealing wine for 1.2 million dollars. This was reported by The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal .

41-year-old Demeyer jumped out of the room at the 33rd floor of the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, New York. His court hearing was scheduled at 2:30 pm, while the police received the first information about what happened at 2:38 pm local time. As noted by The New York Post, Demeyer’s lawyers were already waiting for him in court by that moment.

Former Solomon’s assistant died at the scene. The police launched an investigation into the suicide. By Tuesday evening, the area in front of the entrance to Carlyle was cleared. A hotel representative has not yet commented on the situation.

Mary [his wife] and I were deeply saddened when we learned that Nicholas had lost his life. For several years he was a close friend of our family. We were confused, having learned about the tragic demise.

statement of David Solomon and his wife

Demeyer worked for Solomon from 2008 to 2016, when he served as head of the Goldman Sachs investment division. Solomon, a well-known lover of rare wines, instructed an assistant to receive an alcoholic drink from suppliers and send him to his personal cellar on Long Island, New York.

According to the prosecution, from 2014 to 2016, the former assistant to the head of the bank stole more than 500 bottles from his boss. Among the most significant thefts are seven bottles of Burgundy Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, which Solomon bought for 113.6 thousand dollars. This is one of the most expensive wines in the world.

According to the prosecution, after the theft, Demeyer was selling wine to a dealer in North Carolina using the pseudonym Mark Miller – that is the name of one of the most famous winemakers who died in 2008.

In 2016, Solomon checked his personal reserves and found the loss. When the banker made an assistant claim, he agreed to pay the damage, but did not fulfill promises and ran away.

Demeyer went on a 14-month trip with stops including Rome, Casablanca, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. According to the authorities, during the “Around the World” he spent the money earned from the sale of stolen wine. He was detained in January 2018 at Los Angeles International Airport.

The following two months after his arrest, Demeyer spent in federal prison. Then the former assistant banker was released on bail of one million dollars. The money was given by his mother – she paid 200 thousand dollars in cash and mortgaged her house in Ohio.

Nicholas Demeyer was threatened with maximum punishment – 10 years in prison.

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