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Cook's half-brother sentenced to jail over larceny charges

Oct 14, 2010 | 5:00am EDT

Darryl McCauley, who worked as the funnyman's business manager for almost five years, was arrested in Massachusetts in December 2008, accused of stealing from Cook by forging a $3 million (£2 million) cheque to himself.

On Wednesday (13Oct10) he pleaded guilty to 27 counts of larceny, three counts of forgery, and single counts of embezzlement, uttering and conspiracy in a Massachusetts court room. He was sentenced to between five and six years in prison.

Attorney General Martha Coakley says in a statement, "For several years, Mr. McCauley abused his position as a family member to gain Mr. Cook's trust, and stole millions of dollars for his own personal gain. We hope that today's sentence will act as a deterrent, and our office will continue to investigate and prosecute these cases."

McCauley will also serve 10 years' probation once he's released from jail, reports E! Online.

Meanwhile Cook's sister-in-law, who is married to McCauley, has been charged with larceny by scheme and receiving/concealing stolen property for allegedly aiding and abetting her husband. She is due in court on 26 October (10).

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