Marc Anthony was allegedly robbed of at least $2.5 million by an employee at a New York accounting firm. The staffer, who has been charged with first-degree grand larceny, allegedly used his employment at the company to access the singerâ€™s accounts and steal money.
Kyle Tessiero reportedly had access to both Anthonyâ€™s bank accounts and credit cards. The scheme was apparently two-fold: Use the performerâ€™s American Express card to rack up expenses, and then pay the credit card bill through the money in the bank accounts. Tessiero began working for the accounting company in 2007, but is accused of starting the illegal behavior in 2009 and continuing through this year.
And in the last four years alone, Tessiero allegedly charged a whopping $2.5 million to Anthonyâ€™s card, with the purchases reportedly funding a luxurious lifestyle in New York City. But through an internal review at the firm, an audit exposed the financial malpractice. According to TMZ, Tessiero was caught in August. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.
Itâ€™s unclear why Anthony himself did not notice the irregular spending associated with his accounts, but itâ€™s possible he took a hands-off approach, under the belief that his money was being properly managed. In fact, the firm where this occurred specifically caters to celebrities, and Tessiero worked on projects for other stars, including Justin Timberlake. And at the same time Anthony has apparently been scammed out of millions, heâ€™s busy donating his time and money to the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.
As Gossip Cop reported, last month Anthony founded Somos Una Voz, an alliance of artists who are aiding those affected by Hurricane Maria. On Saturday, he will help lead a star-studded, cross-country televised benefit to raise money for relief expenses. Others slated to take part include his ex-wife Jennifer Lopez, her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, and a slew of other celebrities, such as Demi Lovato. Gossip Cop has reached out to both Anthony and Tessiero for comment.
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