Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Are there any US citizens awaiting orders from 1855? Mail fraud and wire fraud?

50 Stars American Flag

GD, one of 1855's frustrated customers wants to know if any of 1855's customers awaiting wine is an American citizen. If there are, serious legal action may be possible in the United States as GD explains:

'I am admitted to the Supreme Court of New York State as an attorney.

You may be familiar with the United States’ criminal offences of mail fraud and wire fraud.

Mail fraud involves an individual or company making false representations using the United States mail system including the internet in order to obtain an economic advantage.

Wire fraud involves an individual or company using the telephone in order to gain an economic advantage through fraudulent activity.

The maximum penalty for mail fraud and wire fraud is 30 years in prison. The United States will seek to extradite individuals involved in mail fraud and wire fraud to face trial in the United States. Alternatively, those individuals involved will be arrested upon entry into the United States.

I am not alleging that 1855 has committed any mail fraud or wire fraud; however, I wonder whether it might be an idea to identify any United States’ citizens who have entered into contracts with 1855 which have not been fulfilled.

This evidence could then be presented to the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Manhattan Major Cyber Investigation Unit.'

If there are any US citizens who have ordered wine from 1855 and it has not been delivered, please contact me and I will pass your details to GD.


'Management' and leading shareholder of 1855
Emeric Sauty de Chalon and Fabien Hyon are the senior 'management' team of 1855 (, 1855.con). Thierry Maincent was an administrateur and one of the directeur général délégués until he resigned his posts for personal reasons on 30th September 2010. Businessman Jean-Pierre Meyers, who is on the boards of L'Oréal and Nestlé, is a long-term shareholder of 1855. Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers, the daughter of L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, is also an investor in 1855.

1855 is a probationary member of La Fevad.

From 1855's press release of 31st January 2011 announcing that they had become a member of La Fevad

'La Fevad accorde depuis toujours la plus grande importance à la promotion de règles fondées sur des valeurs de transparence et de respect du consommateur. Ces règles garantissent l`éthique de la profession et permettent de renforcer la confiance des consommateurs, dans l`intérêt de l`ensemble de la profession.'

'Toute entreprise membre de la Fevad s`engage à respecter les principes généraux et les règles prévus par les codes et chartes de la Fevad, tant dans l`esprit que dans la lettre.

"Le fait pour 1855 d`être devenu membre à part entière de la Fevad et signataire de ses codes et chartes est une nouvelle illustration de notre engagement à bâtir une qualité de service de référence » selon Fabien Hyon, Directeur général de 1855."

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