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From editor & publisher, Lewis Perdue
December 18, 2018
The founder of a new Sonoma County Direct-to-Trade business has been convicted of 25 federal felonies, has a highly sanitized LinkedIn profile, and has been involved in a highly irregular — and possibly illegal — wine production and sales operation.
Recently honored by the North Bay Business Journal as one of “Forty Under 40 Ones to Watch,” Petaluma resident Jacob Moynihan, founder of the Direct-To-Trade wine company Merchant 23, was a key player in a Multi-Million-Dollar Mortgage Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme that included leaders and members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, and a San Francisco CPA-Tax preparer.
A courtesy draft of this article was sent to Mr. Moynihan and asked him for any corrections, comments or other information he felt was appropriate. We will include any subsequent, verifiable information if and when received.
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Fraudulent loans more than $10 Million – FBI
Moynihan’s plea deal + Probation
Court-ordered restitution would take 1,320 years
Sanitized LinkedIn profile hides history – “Integrity-driven?”
Annotated LinkedIn profile graphic fills in blanks
Potentially illegal Keiser wine showed up for sale on Wine.Com, Vivino and reviews on Cellar Tracker in 2017
Moynihan’s wine existed – But the existence of licenses from state and federal governments are equivocal or missing
Legality of Merchant23’s business model implementation up in the air – Calif ABC
How the Moynihan/Keiser wine production system worked
Angelini Trading pulled into Moynihan’s orbit
Scotto Cellars and Eagle Rock Investments/Vineyards step up as reliable partners
Keiser Wine COLAs Unobtainable via standard TTB searches
Court documents available for Wine Executive News premium subscribers
- Moynihan Indictment
- Moynihan conviction/judgment
- Moynihan arraignment
- Moynihan arrest warrant
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