Fat Joe Files Lawsuit Against Accounting Firm Who Allegedly Embezzled Over $340k From Him, Claims Money Went Towards Uber Rides, Meals & Tuition Payments
Rapper Fat Joe is cracking down on his longtime accounting firm who allegedly stole from him.
According to reports, the 52-year-old musician filed legal documents against a Chicago based accounting firm for allegedly running a ponzi scheme and defrauding him. Documents allege the company’s longtime CPA Andre N. Chammas as well as his assistant Vanessa Rodriguez made off with millions by circulating stolen funds between the accounts of Joe as well as a few MLB players. Reportedly, the baseball players involved are not apart of the suit at this time.
Reports state that Joe, real name Joseph Antonio Cartagena, noticed irregularities after Rodriguez was fired back in July. In the suit, the “Lean Back” artist claims that significant income from his several of his business accounts were missing. Court documents reportedly showed that one of his entities, Sneaker Addict Touring, was missing over $300k in deposits.
Additionally, Joe alleges there were unauthorized Amex card accounts taken out in his wife, Lorena Cartagena’s, name. Reportedly, credit card charges showed over $40k was spent on Uber meals and rides, as well as tuition payments for Rodriguez’s daughter.
Reportedly, the alleged thieves were able to get away with the scam by involving several high income accounts. The suit reportedly claims that MLB stars Jose Iglesias of Colorado Rockies, Luis Garcia of the Houston Astros and former Chicago White Sox player Dayan Viciedo were victimized as well. Reports state the baseball players also had accounts opened in their names and money flowed between several accounts.
Joe is reportedly suing for an unidentified, but “huge” number in damages. It’s unclear if the MLB stars named plan to file individual suits as well.
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