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Alanis Morissette’s ex-manager admits stealing $5 million from the singer

This June 20, 2014 file photo Alanis Morissette arrives at the 4th Annual Production Of The 24 Hour Plays After-Party in Santa Monica, Calif.
This June 20, 2014 file photo Alanis Morissette arrives at the 4th Annual Production Of The 24 Hour Plays After-Party in Santa Monica, Calif. Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File

The former business manager for Alanis Morissette admitted embezzling more than $6.5 million from the singer and other celebrities and agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Jonathan Todd Schwartz, 48, of Los Angeles, was charged with wire fraud and filing a false tax return for failing to report the embezzled funds, prosecutors said.

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Schwartz admitted stealing nearly $5 million from Morissette between May 2010 and January 2014. He used the money personally and falsely listed the cash withdrawals as “sundry/personal expenses” to cover up the crime.

When confronted about the theft, Schwartz lied and said had invested the money in an illegal marijuana growing business, prosecutors said.

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Schwartz, who worked for GSO Business Management, also admitted to stealing $1.7 million from two other clients who were not named by the U.S. attorney’s office.

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Morissette sued Schwartz last year in Los Angeles Superior Court, but she later dropped the lawsuit.

Artist Alanis Morissette receives her achievement from the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the 2015 Juno Awards in Hamilton, Ont., on Sunday, March 15, 2015.
Artist Alanis Morissette receives her achievement from the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the 2015 Juno Awards in Hamilton, Ont., on Sunday, March 15, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

He faces up to 23 years in federal prison if convicted, though his plea deal calls for a sentence between four and six years.

Schwartz is scheduled to appear Feb. 1 in U.S. District Court.