Lawyer is charged in claimed high-end wine-smuggling operation
Posted Jan 13, 2014 2:40 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
A practicing Pennsylvania business lawyer has been criminally charged, accused of illegally operating a high-end wine-smuggling business from his home in Malvern.
Arthur David Goldman, 49, is accused of selling the wine without a required state liquor license, Philly.com reports.
More than 2,400 bottles of wine worth as much as $200,000 were seized in a Jan. 6 raid on his home, according to the Chester County district attorney's office.
"This was a brazen violation of the law by someone who clearly knew better," said first assistant district attorney Michael Noone. "He knew what he was doing was wrong, but he continued to systematically break the law."
Goldman declined to comment when reached at his law office. His attorney, Peter E. Kratsa, said in a written statement that his client is an accomplished professional and "appropriately contrite." Goldman will cooperate with the DA's investigation as much as "procedurally practical," Kratsa said.