Los Angeles, Jan 20 (IANS) The former business manager for Alanis Morissette admitted to stealing more than $6.5 million from the singer and other celebrities.
Jonathan Todd Schwartz, 48, of Los Angeles, was charged with wire fraud and filing a false tax return for failing to report the embezzled funds, prosecutors said on Wednesday, reports pagesix.com.
Schwartz admitted stealing nearly $5 million from Morissette between May 2010 and January 2014. He used the money personally and falsely listed the cash withdrawals as “sundry/personal expenses” to cover up the crime.
When confronted about the theft, Schwartz lied and said had invested the money in an illegal marijuana growing business, prosecutors said.
Schwartz, who worked for GSO Business Management, also admitted to stealing $1.7 million from two other clients who were not named by the US attorney’s office.
Morissette sued Schwartz last year in Los Angeles Superior Court, but she later dropped the lawsuit.
He faces up to 23 years in federal prison if convicted, though his plea deal calls for a sentence between four and six years.
Schwartz is scheduled to appear on February 1 in US District Court.
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