Coakley orders comedian's brother to pay $12M

Jessica M. Karmasek Dec. 6, 2010, 1:18pm


BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has ordered comedian Dane Cook's half-brother and sister-in-law to pay him back $12 million, according to the Portsmouth Herald.

The couple, Darryl and Erika McCauley, were accused of embezzling millions from the popular stand-up comedian and film actor. Darryl had worked as Cook's business manager.

According to US Weekly, in addition to being paid $12,500 a month from Cook, Darryl took more of the comedian's funds and wired it into his own account.

In October, Darryl was sentenced to five to six years in prison on the charges, which included 27 counts of larceny. His wife, meanwhile, was sentenced to 2 1/2 to three years in prison.

A spokesman for Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley told the Herald that the next step is for the court to compile the couple's assets.

Another court date on that matter will be held Dec. 16, Harry Pierre of Coakley's office told the paper.

Cook has called the incident "a terrible betrayal" by his half brother.

The comedian-actor has released five comedy albums and starred in a string of movies, including "Employee of the Month" with Jessica Simpson, "Good Luck Chuck" with Jessica Alba, "Dan in Real Life" with Steve Carell, and "My Best Friend's Girl" with Kate Hudson.

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