Tamara Tunie Victim of Million Dollar Fraud

Posted on November 10, 2011 /Daily News

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Tamara Tunie, the actress best known for her roles in ‘Law & Order: SVU’ and ‘The Devil’s Advocate,’ has fell victim to a $1 Million ponzi scheme orchestrated by her former accountant.

According to the Associated Press, Joseph Cilibrasi, who was also Tamara’s business manager for over ten years, pleaded guilty to grand larceny and other charges. He used some of the stolen cash to finance his own business ventures in the entertainment industry, including investing in Hollywood movies and Broadway productions such as ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’ and the Tony Award-winning ‘Spring Awakening’.

He secretly opened a credit card account in the actress’s name and wrote checks to himself, without her permission. Speaking on Thursday, Mr Cilibrasi said, “I stole over $1.4 million from Ms. Tunie Generet by converting funds from her (business accounts) to my personal use”.

Although he is free pending a January 4th sentencing, Cilibrasi’s plea deal calls for between two-and-a-half years to seven-and-a-half-years in prison.

Tunie can be seen next alongside Denzel Washington in the new drama “Flight,” due out in theaters next year.

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