“Law & Order: SVU” Star Tamara Tunie Swindled Out Of $1 Million

Tamara Tunie, whose acting credits include As the World Turns and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is getting her own dose of real-life law and order. Prosecutors in Manhattan say Tunie, who plays Medical Examiner Melinda Warner on the NBC crime-drama, was swindled out of more than $1 million by her former business manager.

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Tamara Tunie, whose acting credits include As the World Turns and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is getting her own dose of real-life law and order.

Prosecutors in Manhattan say Tunie, who plays Medical Examiner Melinda Warner on the NBC crime-drama, was swindled out of more than $1 million by her former business manager.

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. Cilibrasi, 50, is also accused of writing checks to himself. He entered a guilty plea in court last 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. Cilibrasi faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.


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