July 23, 2013
The former personal assistant of Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley entered a guilty plea Tuesday to wire fraud.
Prosecutors say Getty Andrew Rothenberg stole millions of dollars from Tinsley over a period of three years.
"He would pad bills that he said Mr. Tinsley owed when Mr. Tinsley didn't, in fact, owe those bills," said Tim Heaphy, U.S. attorney Western District of Virginia. "They were either inflated or nonexistent. He'd pocket the difference."
Tinsley hired Rothenberg a few years back as a bill payer and to help him invest money.
"Mr. Rothenberg did that, but over time, he started actually taking Mr. Tinsley's money for himself," Heaphy said.
Prosecutors say the money amounts to anywhere between $1 million and $7 million between 2009 and 2012.
"There will be a determination of exactly how much money was stolen. That's a fact that's in dispute," Heaphy said. "We may not agree with Mr. Rothenberg exactly what the figure should be."
Rothenberg's attorney, Tom Bondurant, told the Newsplex that some of the money Tinsley claims was stolen were either gifts or joint business ventures with his client.
Tinsley tipped off prosecutors last year when he noticed the missing money.
"He has been extremely accessible, cooperative, provided information to us and helped us do our job, which is holding people accountable for fraud," Heaphy said of Tinsley, adding that he hopes other victims of crime are able to do the same thing.
Rothenberg is out on bond. He will be sentenced formally in September and faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.