"Law & Order" Star Swindled Of $1M By Business Manager: Prosecutors

He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted

Friday, Dec 24, 2010  |  Updated 7:45 AM PDT
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"Law & Order" Star Swindled Of $1M By Business Manager: Prosecutors

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Tamara Tunie attends the 7th Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 30, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)

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A star of the TV series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'' is getting her own taste of law and order -- in real life.      

Manhattan prosecutors say Tamara Tunie was swindled of more than $1 million by her 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.

He is also accused of writing checks to himself.      

The 50-year-old Manhattan man pleaded not guilty earlier this week and is held on $100,000 bail.      

He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.      

Cilibrasi's attorney says Tunie was "fully aware'' of the transactions and he'll fight the charges.     

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