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Malvern Attorney Accused of Running High-End, Illegal Wine Sales Operation

More than 2,000 bottles of wine, valued at $150,000 were seized from Arthur Goldman's Malvern home.

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

State Police seized more than 2,000 bottles of wine, valued at a total of $150,000 to $200,000, from the home of a Malvern attorney who was allegedly running an illegal wine-sales business from his home, according to a release from the Chester County District Attorney’s office.

Police say that the man, Arthur David Goldman, 49, maintained a detailed list, over 97-pages long, of wines unavailable in Pennsylvania that he would allegedly sell from his own private cellar 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 Goldman before exercising a search warrant on January 6 and taking 2,426 bottles of wine from Goldman’s home in Malvern.

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. “

nabob January 14, 2014 at 10:57 PM
Our law enforcement at work.
Zack Josephs January 16, 2014 at 12:25 AM
Your average joe sells some alcohol and he's arrested as a result. If he films it, however, they'll give him a show and put it on the discovery channel (moonshiners). Has the porn industry taught us nothing folks? No video footage=illegal prostitution. Video footage=legal porn. Don't you see the correlation? This is 2014 people. Film your crimes!

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