$400K embezzled from violinist for Dave Matthews

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 2:06 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who was a personal assistant and financial manager for Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley has admitted embezzling at least $400,000 from the musician.

Getty Andrew Rothenberg, who had been friends with Tinsley for about two decades, pleaded guilty Tuesday to wire fraud in federal court in Charlottesville, court documents showed.

Rothenberg, 39, was initially paid $50,000 a year to pay Tinsley's personal bills and expenses and direct investments for him. He also handled various personal and financial arrangements for Tinsley's wife, court documents said. Rothenberg's salary was later increased to $60,000.

Rothenberg routinely padded the bills and took the excess money for personal use from 2009 through 2012. He also withdrew cash from several accounts controlled by Tinsley, wrote checks to himself and accessed lines of credit established in Tinsley's name.

In one transaction Feb. 21, 2012, Rothenberg obtained $45,596. He got $41,388 in another transaction on Oct. 11, 2011. Other amounts ranged from about $1,200 to more than $14,000, according to court documents.

Rothenberg faces up to 30 years in prison. Sentencing is set for Sept. 17.

Rothenberg's lawyer, Tom Bondurant, said during Tuesday's hearing Tinsley discovered the missing money and confronted Rothenberg in 2012, media outlets reported.

Bondurant said the two men had been friends for about 20 years.

"Andrew Rothenberg is a good man. He got caught up in some unfortunate circumstances," Bondurant said. "He knows what he did is wrong."

U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy commended Tinsley for coming forward.

"This was a case he initiated — that when he discovered the fraud, he came forward," Heaphy said.

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