NEW YORK — A Findlay native, who was charged earlier this year with stealing more than $1.2 million in high-end wine from his boss, apparently jumped to his death at a Manhattan hotel Tuesday.
The New York Post reported Wednesday that Nicolas DeMeyer, 41, was set to appear in federal court on Tuesday and when he didn’t appear, police went to the Carlyle Hotel where he was staying.
The newspaper said he jumped from the 33rd floor of the hotel, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
DeMeyer was facing a count of interstate transportation of stolen property. The Post reported that DeMeyer, who was born Nickolas Meyer and later added “De” to his last name, was going to plead guilty Tuesday and would have faced up to 10 years in prison.
DeMeyer had worked as a personal assistant to financier David Solomon for eight years. Solomon is now the CEO of the Goldman Sachs investment firm, according to the Post.
Federal prosecutors have said DeMeyer was supposed to deliver shipments of rare, expensive wines to Solomon’s wine cellar, but allegedly stole hundreds of bottles and sold them to a dealer in North Carolina.