'Law & Order: SVU' star's manager accused of fraud

NEW YORK (AP) - December 24, 2010

New York City prosecutors say Tamara Tunie was swindled of more than $1 million by her business manager. Tunie plays medical examiner Melinda Warner on the NBC show.

According to court papers, Joseph Cilibrasi and his accounting firm started stealing from Tunie in 2002, listing himself as her husband to secure a credit card tied to her account. He is also accused of writing checks to himself.

The 50-year-old Manhattan man pleaded not guilty earlier this week and is being held on $100,000 bail. Cilibrasi's attorney says Tunie was "fully aware" of the transactions and he'll fight the charges.

He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

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