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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Wine Arson Charged

I'm sure most of you remember the Central Wines Warehouse fire from October 2005 in Vallejo that burned an entire storage facility to the ground. It contained some extremely rare vintages as well as the entire releases of some of California's favorite wineries. Damage was estimated to be around US$250 Million.

Today, they charged Mark Anderson with setting the fire, among other things. The Sausalito wine cellar owner allegedly embezzled some of his own fine wines out of the storage facility in order to sell them, then set fire to cover his tracks and get the insurance money for the wines that were no longer there.

He was charged with a grand total of 19 counts of illegal activity, including arson, embezzlement, and transporting stolen merchandise across state lines.

Businessman Charged In Wine Warehouse Fire

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