Three men who admitted a scheme to make huge profits from high-end wine stolen from a Jess Jackson-owned company have been ordered to pay $120,000 in restitution to the wine magnate.
Judge Ren?Chouteau ordered Jordan P. Crass, 30, and Jarrett Berg, 29, of Santa Rosa and Kevin M. Hall, 30, of Napa to repay the total together or separately.
Crass, the alleged ringleader, a former customer service representative at Jackson Family Wines' Windsor distribution center, agreed to admit all charges after Chouteau said he would not sentence him to prison. He was charged with six felony charges, including grand theft, four counts of burglary and unauthorized computer access.
Berg and Hall each agreed to admit one misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property.
Hall was sentenced to five months in jail and Berg three months. Both were also ordered to serve two years' probation.
Crass was sentenced to a year in jail. All will be allowed to serve the time on work furlough if accepted into the program, according to court records.
Investigators said the embezzlement may have involved nearly 1,000 bottles of Bordeaux-style red wine costing as much as $175 each, totaling almost $200,000 worth of wine.
Crass is believed to have set up fake shipments of wine, which he labeled "lost" so they wouldn't be tracked to a specific customer. He and Berg then sold them to wine retailers with online sales sites, and Hall and Berg delivered the wine, according to court records.
-- Lori A. Carter