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Singer's former manager pleads guilty to embezzling

Washington residents might be interested in learning that a former business manager of Alanis Morissette pleaded guilty to embezzling $6.5 million. Of that amount, $4.8 million was reportedly embezzled from Morissette, who sued the manager last year.

The man entered his plea, admitting that he embezzled the funds for his own use and then failed to report them to the Internal Revenue Service. He agreed to enter a plea of guilty to filing a false tax return for the 2012 tax year, but he also admitted to embezzling enough money that he owes the IRS $1.7 million in unpaid taxes.

In addition to Morissette, the man admitted to embezzling $1 million from another client and $737,500 from a third. The man stated that he coded things incorrectly to make it look as if some of the transactions were made to renovate one of his clients' homes. The U.S. Attorney's office also indicated that the man forged a client's signature on at least two cash transactions. The man is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 1 and faces up to 23 years in prison. Under his plea agreement, however, the man is likely to receive a sentence ranging from four to six years.

People who learn that they are under federal investigation for allegedly committing white collar crimes might want to get legal help. Lawyers may sometimes negotiate the payment of restitution in lieu of the filing of charges. If people are charged, lawyers might help their clients to receive capped sentences, reduced sentences or alternatives to prison. If clients want to fight their cases through trial, their lawyers may build aggressive defense strategies.

Source: Deadline.com, "Manager admits he embezzled $4.8M from Alanis Morissette," David Robb, Jan. 18, 2017

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