Virginia man admits to embezzling $400,000 from Dave Matthews Band violinist
A Virginia man pled guilty on Tuesday to federal wire fraud charges after admitting to embezzling $400,000 from Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley.
The Associated Press reported that Getty Andrew Rothenberg confessed to stealing cash out of the musician’s bank accounts and using credit lines in Tinsley’s name while working as his financial manager and personal assistant. Court documents showed that Rothenberg did this despite making between $50,000 and $60,000 a year while working for Tinsley between 2009 and 2012.
WVIR-TV reported that Rothenberg inflated the totals on the monthly expenditure reports he emailed to Tinsley, pocketing the extra money for himself. Prosecutors believe Rothenberg actually stole between $1 million and $7 million from the Virginia-based violinist.
“Some things that look like theft now were actually investment deals, gifts, additional compensation and stuff like that,” Rothenberg’s attorney, Tom Bondurant, told WVIR.
Though wire fraud sentences can last up to 30 years, Tinsley, who has been a friend of Rothenberg’s for more than 20 years, reportedly requested that he not serve jail time for his actions. Rothenberg is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 17.
Watch WVIR’s report, aired Tuesday, below.