A real estate agent in Beverly Hills together with another person is reported to have broken into celebrity homes in the California neighborhood during an open-home viewing according to prosecutors.
The agent who goes by the name Jason Emil Yaselli and his accomplice Benjamin Eita Ackerman was arrested and charged for various crimes, including accumulating more than $500000 through fraudulent activities, this is according to Los Angeles’ district attorney.
Supposed victims of this burglary include Adam Lambert and Usher. Other celebrities include Real Housewives of Beverly Hills actors Dorit and Paul Kemsley as well as Shaun Philips, a former NFL star.
Authorities caught up with Ackerman, who hails from Beverly Hills, on the 16th of august, while Yaselli went into custody this Wednesday.
For the past two years, starting December of 2016 all the way to august of 2018, Authorities say Yaselli cheered Ackerman into stealing expensive items from close to 14 houses. The items were sold and the money used to settle Yaselli’s debts.
In most cases, the two identified their targets or stole the items during open-house viewing, prosecutors say. These thefts took place around Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood Hills, and West Hollywood.
The two are facing first-degree residential theft, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit burglary and money laundering.
Yaselli, who is 32, will be arraigned this Friday. However, it is not yet clear whether he will have the services of an attorney.
Ackerman, who is a year older, pleaded “not guilty” in court this past Monday and was released on a cash bail of 1.2 million dollars. It looks like crime follows Ackerman around. Last year, he was arrested because the police connected him to a series of thefts, but was set free after four days in custody.
His lawyer, Gary Kaufman, in his statement to KTLA said the prosecutors will not be able to put together a solid case against Ackerman. He believes that by mentioning Adam Lambert and Usher Raymond, the prosecution hopes to propel a “publicity driven prosecution” with the hope that this will give them advantage.
Both suspects face up to 30 years in prison if found guilty. The case is ongoing and Ackerman is scheduled to appear in court on the 3rd of October.