After stealing nearly $5 million while handling her business affairs, Alanis Morissette’s Ex-Manager, Jonathan Schwartz, had been sentenced to six years in prison as of Wednesday, May 3rd. Along with the prison sentence he is also being required to pay $8.6 million in restitution.
Schwartz confessed to stealing $4.8 million from Morissette back in January in addition to pleading guilty to wire fraud and filing a false tax return. In a public public letter that was published in The Hollywood Reporter he admitted to being addicted to gambling and caught in a “toxic” downward spiral, placing the blame of his actions on his addiction.
Schwartz requested a sentence of one year and one day in jail, another year of house arrest and 2,000 hours of community service. However, the U.S. Attorney’s office and Morissette thought a more serious punishment was in order. 78 months in prison is the maximum allowed sentence for someone found guilty of Schwartz’s crimes, to which he had been sentence to 72.
In court earlier this week Schwartz stated “I lied repeatedly to the people who mattered most to me. I alone am responsible for the devastation I have caused. Regardless of how long I spend in prison, I will serve a lifetime sentence of shame.”