Morissette robbed of $2.8m in jewellery

Singer Alanis Morissette was away when her home was burglarised.
Singer Alanis Morissette was away when her home was burglarised.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES • Burglars made off with US$2 million (S$2.84 million) in jewellery from singer Alanis Morissette's home in the upscale Los Angeles neighbourhood of Brentwood, United States media reported on Tuesday.

The Canadian-born alternative rock singer was not at home when the thieves struck on Thursday, celebrity news website TMZ said, although police were not immediately able to confirm the report.

The break-in comes less than two weeks after her former business manager, who worked for other entertainment and sports figures, admitted to embezzling more than US$6.5 million from his clients.

Jonathan Schwartz, 48, entered his plea to federal wire and tax fraud charges for failing to disclose the embezzled funds to the Internal Revenue Service. He is to be sentenced on May 3 and faces a prison term of between four and six years.

He acknowledged that between May 2010 and January 2014, he withdrew about US$4.8 million belonging to Morissette, 42, without her knowledge or authorisation. Morissette said in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles last year that she fired Schwartz after growing suspicious when he could not provide timely information on her finances.

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