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'Law & Order: SVU' Star Bilked Out of $1 Million By Business Manager

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 10th 2011 4:10PM
Tamara Tunie'Law & Order: SVU' and 'As the World Turns' star Tamara Tunie has been swindled out of $1 million by a former manager.

According to the New York Post, Tunie's former business manager, Joseph Cilibrasi, admitted that he stole more than $1 million from the actress over the course of a decade.

Tunie hired Cilibrasi to be her business manager in the early 1990s.

Cilibrasi will serve at least 2 and a half years in prison. The maximum sentence is 7 and a half years. He pled guilty to first degree grand larceny and stealing from Tunie. Sentencing takes place Jan. 4.

The prosecutor on the case, Peirce Moser, said the accountant stole money from Tunie by opening a credit card account in her name. He also wrote himself checks from her bank accounts. The stolen money was reportedly used to invest in theater and movies, fund his business and take vacations.

Tunie currently appears on 'Law & Order: SVU' as a special guest star.

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babibard

The proper check and balances set from the beginning will take the temptation out of the equation.
Keep honest people honest. There are many successful actors and sports figures who gave too much authority
to someone who crumbled under the weight of temptation. Thank goodness she has the earning power to regroup
and do well. I really like the characters she portrays. Her talent will make her solvent again.

November 11 2011 at 5:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
aajarm

Pay a few extra dollars and hire an auditor from time to time ...and just knowing that, will keep these clowns in line.

November 11 2011 at 4:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lifehub

No one's that busy or important that they can't manage their own affairs, especially financially. 'Business managers' are like banks.

November 11 2011 at 4:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Iloveaol

I love her that is terrible.
Where's Stabler?

November 11 2011 at 2:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lovelaurie

The bum probably doesn't have any of the cash left. Hopefully, there is a way she can seize property, like the government does. Serving prison time doesn't restore her to whole, even though it may give her some satisfaction. But you can't spend satisfaction. And, really, two and a half years ? What a message that sends! There are probably a fair number of people who would steal a million dollars if they knew they were only going to be incarcerated for two an a half years.

November 11 2011 at 1:24 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Buckingham's

She should sue him for EVERYTHING he has, except the clothes on his back, and TAKE everything he has, while he's in prison. Cars, house, furnishings, stocks, bonds, etc. ,...all to her.

November 11 2011 at 12:52 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Whad Up Girl!

Gee, all she had to do was check her banking accounts. Never give your lawyer power of attorney.

Dumb dumb!

November 11 2011 at 12:43 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
elwoo03

She is a great actress and deserves better than being on Law & Order SVU A.K.A. the Mariska Hargitay show. Please sue your former ( crook ) manager for all he has!!

November 11 2011 at 12:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mrsdrl97

It must be nice to be missing a million dollars and not notice it for 10 years !!

November 11 2011 at 12:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brennemanbelkin

No mention of restitution?

November 10 2011 at 10:13 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

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