The Manhattan DA's Office says an accountant stole over $1.5 million from celebrity clients, including a Law & Order: SVU star, and used the money to invest it in the Broadway musical Spring Awakening. ADA Pierce Moser said, "This is a case about a man so desperate for celebrity that he ripped off his entertainment industry clients in an effort to become just like them."
According to the Daily News, "Cilibrasi, who was held in lieu of $100,000 bail, allegedly stole $1.48 million from Tamara Tunie, who plays medical examiner Melinda Warner on NBC's 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,'" and is "also charged with pocketing $75,000 from Michael Stern, a conductor and musical director of the Kansas City Symphony who hired him to do his taxes in 2007." He allegedly took the money invest in Spring Awakening and Legally Blonde, as well as for vacations. And the Post reports, "A year after his divorce, Cilibrasi continues to share his Chelsea loft with his ex and two daughters, ages 7 and 11 -- and hasn't paid the rent since 2007, leaving him $600,000 in debt to his landlord."
Cilibrasi is not a licensed accountant (he does have a website, though) and Tunie allegedly found out about the theft this year (thanks to a new accountant—who hopefully is licensed) and is suing for $1.2 million back. But Cilibrasi's lawyer said her client is innocent, "This is essentially a civil matter that has been criminalized," and will secure his bond "with his hospitalized father's Brooklyn property."