Mountain View resident Alfred Georgis was sentenced on Tuesday to three years in prison for his role in a high-end wine heist.
Georgis pleaded guilty to transporting expensive wines stolen from a number of businesses in the Bay Area, including the French Laundry in Yountville and Alexander’s Steakhouse in Cupertino, which he sold to a buyer in North Carolina, according to a statement released by U.S. Attorney's Office on Jan. 9.
Georgis, 53, admitted to conspiring with Davis Kiryakoz, 44, of Modesto and others to steal approximately 29 bottles of wines worth approximately $32,000 from Alexander’s Steakhouse in November of 2014, 110 bottles of high-end wines worth approximately $549,500 from the French Laundry in December 2014 and to transporting wines valued at $290,000 stolen in March of 2013 from Fine Wines International in San Francisco.
The two men were charged by a federal grand jury of one count of conspiracy to transport stolen goods and two counts of transportation of stolen goods. Both defendants pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge and the remaining charges were dismissed. Kiryakoz was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Beth Freeman to 15 months in prison. Georgis was sentenced to 37 months in prison and both men were ordered to pay restitution of $575,715.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office participated in the multi-agency investigation that led to the men's convictions.