According to the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) office, between Jan. 1, 2008, and June 21, 2012, Osumi is accused of operating the commercial building Legend Cellars, Inc. in Irvine. The business allowed people to store their wine in storage lockers at a controlled temperature. On three occasions, Osumi is accused of breaking into the private storage lockers of three different owners and stealing their wine that had an estimated value of $2.7 million. Osumi is accused of replacing the bottles of wine he stole with a much cheaper brand.
In 2008, Osumi is accused of hiring a friend, who did not know the wine was stolen, to auction off some of the stolen wine in exchange for a portion of the proceeds. Osumi is accused of having approximately $280,000 deposited into his business account and using the money to pay for personal expenses and legal fees.
Between July 20, 2011, and June 7, 2012, Osumi is accused of directly auctioning some of the stolen wine for $310,965 and having the money deposited into his business account.
A family member of one of the clients reported the theft to the Irvine Police Department (IPD), who investigated this case.
Anyone who believes their wine is being stored at Legend Cellars is encouraged to contact IPD Detective Sarah Tunnicliffe at (949) 724-7170 by Nov. 30, 2012, to reclaim possession of their wine.
Deputy District Attorney Shaddi Kamiabipour of the Insurance Fraud Unit is prosecuting this case