A Beverly Hills real estate agent and another man are accused of burglarizing the homes of celebrities, including Usher and Adam Lambert, often during open houses in tony Los Angeles neighborhoods, prosecutors said.
Real estate agent Jason Emil Yaselli, 32, and Benjamin Eitan Ackerman, 33, have been charged with several crimes in connection a series of house thefts between 2016 and 2018, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors allege that Yaaselli directed Ackerman to steal luxury items from more than a dozen homes and sell them to make payments on the real estate agent’s credit card. Through the scheme, the duo allegedly raked in more than $500,000.
“In many instances, the pair allegedly identified the targets or committed the burglaries during open houses in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Brentwood and Hollywood Hills,” the district attorney’s office said.
Among the victims identified were musicians Usher and Lambert, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” stars Paul and Dorit Kemsley, as well as former NFL player Shaun Phillips.
Both men face charges including money laundering, residential burglary and identity theft.
Ackerman, who was arrested Aug. 16, has pleaded not guilty. Yaselli was arrested earlier this week at Los Angeles International Airport and is expected to appear in court Friday for arraignment.
If convicted, the duo faces up to 31 years and eight months in prison.
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