Man Charged In Goldman Sachs Wine Theft Case Jumps to His Death

Nicolas De-Meyer told his sister "I can’t go to jail" over the phone before he leapt to his death at the Carlyle Hotel.

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Nicolas De-Meyer was accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of wine from Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Fortune)
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On Tuesday afternoon, Nicolas De-Meyer was due in Manhattan federal court to plead guilty to stealing $1.2 million in wine while employed as a personal assistant to the co-president of Goldman Sachs, David Solomon. But at 2:30 p.m., De-Meyer was instead at the Carlyle Hotel, talking to his sister on the phone.

“I can’t go to jail,” he told her, according to a police official, reports The Daily Beast. His sister called the police immediately to say he might be in danger of taking his life, but by then, De-Meyer had leapt out a window of his room on the 33rd floor. According to The Daily Beast, he landed on the terrace to Room 1515.

De-Meyer worked for Solomon from 2008 until November 2016. He was accused of stealing hundreds of bottles of wine, including seven of a vintage considered among the rarest and most expensive in the world, totaling about $1.2 million. De-Meyer allegedly then resold the bottles.

“Mary and I are deeply saddened to hear that Nicolas took his own life,” Solomon said in a statement through Goldman Sachs, referring to his wife, according to Bloomberg “He was close to our family for several years, and we are all heartbroken to hear of his tragic end.”

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