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Friday, 14 February 2014

Le Bordeaux Wines Ltd: 25 year old arrested on suspicion of fraud

 Le Bordeaux on facebook

Staffordshire Police are reported (The Drinks Business) to have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of fraud, false misrepresentation and conspiracy to defraud in relation to Le Bordeaux Wines Ltd, a wine investment company. Up to £1 million is said to have been invested in wine through the company, who also offered to buy wine from investors. The man is on police bail until April. 

Le Bordeaux Wines Ltd was founded 9.10.12. 25-year-old Jonathan Charles Braybrook is the sole director. Its registered office and trading address is at 88 Wood Street, London EC2V 7RS – a serviced office. The company's annual return has been overdue since 6.11.13. 

Braybrook is also the sole director of Le Bordeaux Wine Shed Limited founded on 5.10.12, also at 88 Wood Street. He is also a director of Jb Trading & Co Ltd with its registered office and trading address at 11 Burns Road, London, SW11 5AD. Both of these companies are in the process of being dissolved. 

DC Chris Pope, investigating officer for Staffordshire Police, said: “I would like to hear from anyone who has invested in this company, or bought wine from this company, to contact me.

“No matter how much money has been lost it is vital that all those who invested come forward.

“The company’s website is now deactivated and if people try to access it they will be directed to Action Fraud, and ultimately myself.”

Anyone who has fallen victim to Le Bordeaux Wines Limited, or has had any contact with the company, is urged to contact DC Chris Pope at Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 258 of 9 December 2013, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


  1. Afraid to say Le Bordeaux website is not re-directing to action fraud

  2. Thanks anon. Looks like website has been taken down altogether leaving facebook and Twitter for the moment.

  3. Reported my £36000+ loss through Le Bordeaux to Action Fraud in December. They then passed it on to Staffordshire Police, which puzzled me at the time, but now I know why. The Hong Kong connection rings true as my wine portfolio was supposed to have gone for auction in Hong Kong in November. Never saw a penny from it as Le Bordeaux stopped answering emails and dropped off the radar early December.

  4. Thanks Gareth. Action Fraud pass on the information to the police force best placed to carry out an investigation. It seems likely that an investigation had already started before you registered your complaint with Action Fraud.

  5. Has nobody noticed that the office address is the same used as Bordeaux UK......... is there a connection that the people may have worked there

    1. Anon. It is possible but 88 Wood Street is quite a common accommodation address.

  6. I struggle to understand why this man can be arrested,yet Ken Gundlach director of Bordeaux Fine Wines is free to go about his other businesses in Croydon when there is 12 million in missing wine! Could you please explain?

  7. Anon. I suggest that we have to let the police investigations take their course. Please note that while the 25-year-old has been arrested, is on police bail but has not to date been charged with any offence. Also, although Gundlach does still some active companies, he has recently dissolved several of his companies.

  8. I have been informed that the former director of Le Bordeaux Wines was to be charged with Fraudulent Trading and Money Laundering on Monday 11 May 2015. He will appear at Magistrates' Court as a formality, to be bailed, before the case goes to the Crown Court at Stoke on Trent.

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  10. It may be a bit late ask but what happened with this case as i am writing my university dissertation on Counterfeit wine and fraud and would love to know more about this case and what happened?