MALVERN - Authorities in suburban Philadelphia have busted what they allege was a high-end wine smuggling operation run by a local attorney.
The Chester County district attorney's office said Monday that a nine-month undercover investigation has led to the arrest of 49-year-old Arthur David Goldman.
Officers said they seized nearly 2,500 bottles of wine valued between $150,000 and $200,000 at Goldman's home in Malvern. Investigators said the rare wines are unavailable in Pennsylvania's state-run liquor stores.
Prosecutor Michael Noone said Goldman "made those wines available for sale to his own private list of customers, knowing that it was illegal."
Goldman's attorney Peter Kratsa could not be immediately reached for comment.