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Chesco Man Charged With Illegal Wine Sales Operation

Over 2,000 bottles of wine, valued over $150,000 were taken from his Malvern home.

Arthur Goldman, of Malvern, allegedly kept an email list to inform his clients of his accused wine sales business (credit: Chester County District Attorney's Office).
Arthur Goldman, of Malvern, allegedly kept an email list to inform his clients of his accused wine sales business (credit: Chester County District Attorney's Office).

State Police seized over 2,000 bottles of wine, valued at somewhere between $150,000 and $200,000, from the home of a Malvern man who was allegedly running his an illegal wine-selling business from his home, according to a release from the Chester County District Attorney’s office.

Police say that the man, Arthur David Goldman, a 49-year-old attorney who lives in Malvern, maintained a detailed list, over 97-pages long, of wines unavailable in Pennsylvania that he would allegedly sell from his own private seller or order to be sold, all without a liquor license.

“This was not some casual exchange of wine between friends,” First Assistant District Attorney Michael Noone said in a statement. “The defendant was running a highly organized, high-volume illegal business operation to make money.”

Undercover officers reportedly made several purchases from the man before exercising a search warrant on January 6 and taking 2,426 bottles of wine from Goldman’s home.

Goldman will face various misdemeanor chargers and, if found guilty, could face fines as high as $200,000.

“This was a brazen violation of the law by someone who clearly knew better,” Noone said. “He knew what he was doing was wrong, but he continued to systematically break the law. “

Carlos January 14, 2014 at 06:58 AM
Wow I feel so much safer now. So much pointless police work in this area. Pot Candy (which is legal in Wash and Colordado) and now wine. When was the last time we heard of a major heroin bust in the area. Get your priorities right!
Dave January 14, 2014 at 08:19 AM
seller? I think he was selling out of his cellar.....

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