- The Washington Times - Monday, September 18, 2006

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former accountant who embezzled $10.8 million to produce B movies and live lavishly was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Denis I. Shusterman, 44, was ordered to start serving the sentence for embezzlement, fraud and tax offenses last week. U.S. District Judge Legrome Davis described Shusterman as “one of the most specially talented liars that I have ever met in my life.”

The chief victim was Shusterman’s employer, Leslie Edelman, owner of Kimber Manufacturing Inc., a firearms company in Yonkers, N.Y.

In May, Shusterman pleaded guilty to 51 counts. He spent nearly $6 million to produce the three films, moved his family to a $2 million California home, and spent more of the money on a lifestyle that prosecutor Robert Zauzmer said included at least three and possibly up to five mistresses.

Shusterman came under investigation after his mother’s conviction in 2002 of helping to embezzle $1.3 million from a suburban Philadelphia synagogue where she worked as a bookkeeper. Betty Shusterman, now 75, is serving a four-year federal prison term.

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