Man Pleads Guilty in J.Lo Extortion Case
Tito Moses tried to sell Lopez and Marc Anthony's stolen wedding video to them for $1 million
A man who allegedly tried to sell Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez a stolen copy of their wedding video for $1 million pleaded guilty on Wednesday to attempted grand larceny.
Newark, N.J., ex-con Tito Moses, 31, admitted in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court that he and an accomplice negotiated a ransom for the video with someone they thought was a representative for the celebrity couple, the Associated Press reports.
The representative, prosecutors say, was in fact an undercover New York City detective.
Justice Bonnie Wittner told Moses he can expect to spend one and a half to three years in prison. He is also facing sentencing in a case that involves the theft of Anthony’s Cadillac Escalade.
A copy of Anthony and Lopez’s June 2004 wedding was in a laptop computer in the Escalade when it was stolen in Linden, N.J., in October 2005. The car was recovered in Newark, but the laptop was gone.
Moses’s jail terms will run concurrently.
Prosecutors have alleged that Moses and retired postal worker Steven Wortman, 49, contacted Anthony’s company to try to sell the video back to the singer.
Wortman has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, attempted grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. His case is pending.