A former personal assistant for a Charlottesville-based member of Dave Matthews Band was sentenced for wire fraud in federal court Friday morning. Getty Andrew Rothenberg was sentenced to 18 months - half of that time will be served behind bars.
Rothenberg pleaded guilty back in July to embezzling money from Dave Matthews Band's violinist Boyd Tinsley. He admitted to inflating invoices and stealing extra money Tinsley paid to use for his own personal expenses.
A judge approved an 18-month split sentence for Rothenberg Friday. Rothenberg will serve nine months active incarceration and nine months of home confinement.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys reached a joint recommendation on an appropriate sentence earlier this week. Prosecutors say they recommended what's called a variance in this case - which gave them some leniency from sentencing guidelines.
"That was because of the victim's desire. Mr. Tinsley had a personal friendship with Mr. Rothenberg and I think wanted him to get some mental health treatment as opposed to a lengthy period of incarceration," said Tim Heaphy, U.S. Attorney for Western District of VA.
Rothenberg will also have to pay $1.25 million of restitution to the victim. The judge also ordered three years of supervised release to start after his time in prison.
Rothenberg did speak out in court Friday, apologizing for his actions and accepting responsibility for the wire fraud he committed.
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