The Maryland man who owned the bankrupt Georgetown meat store, La Boucherie Bernard, was sentenced yesterday to one to three years in prison for embezzling $25,000 from his company's employe pension plan, part of a scheme that court papers show skimmed more than $700,000 from the fund.
Bernard H. Goldstein, 61, of 7416 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, who pleaded guilty to one count of a 12-count indictment, asked U.S. District Judge Oliver Gasch not to send him to prison so "I can start to meet my obligations."
His attorney, Leonard C. Greenebaum, said he believed some friends might be willing to help Goldstein, who once held an interest in the Air Rights office building in Bethesda, to start a new business.
But Gasch, who twice during the brief hearing pointed out that Goldstein had taken money for which he was trustee, ordered him to report to prison within two weeks.
According to court papers, the pension plan was set up in 1962 for employes of the District Hotel Supply Corp., a wholesale and retail meat company, and later served employes of successor companies owned by Goldstein.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Don Allison told Gasch that from 1979 to 1982 Goldstein, when his firm was in financial difficulty, "willfully, knowingly, intelligently . . . and arrogantly" undertook "a systematic stripping of assets from the pension plan."
In addition to the criminal action, the U.S. Department of Labor and employes covered by the pension plan sued Goldstein and others under labor and racketeering acts. In April 1984, Goldstein and his brother Jack Goldstein were ordered to pay the pension plan $976,822.
Goldstein was ordered to pay $1.99 million to the fund under a separate July 1984 judgment. The Goldsteins have appealed both judgments.
Attorneys for employes who sued to recover the money said they were bound by agreements in the civil suit not to discuss the fund.