NEW YORK (AP) — A former domestic employee of Goldman Sachs President David Solomon killed himself on the same day he was expected to plead guilty to charges that he stole over $1 million of rare wine from his boss, authorities said.
Nicolas DeMeyer, 41, jumped to his death from the 33rd floor of the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan just after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A message left with DeMeyer’s attorney, Sabrina Shroff, wasn’t immediately returned. She was in court Tuesday for the hearing, which was canceled.
According to the indictment, DeMeyer stole hundreds of bottles of wine worth over $1.2 million from 2014 to late 2016.
DeMeyer used the alias “Mark Miller” to sell wine he stole to a North Carolina-based wine dealer he located on the internet, the indictment said.
The stolen wine included bottles from the French estate Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, considered among the best, most expensive and rarest wines in the world, according to the indictment.
The indictment said DeMeyer in October 2016 stole seven bottles of DRC wine for which Solomon had paid $133,650.
Goldman Sachs said in a statement the theft was discovered in 2016 and reported to law enforcement then.
David Solomon said the news of his former assistant’s death “saddened” him.
“He was close to our family for several years, and we are all heartbroken to hear of his tragic end,” Solomon told the New York Post.