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A former business manager and accountant for R&B singers Ne-Yo and Brian McKnight has been sentenced to serve more than seven years behind bars for defrauding the stars and stealing millions from their bank accounts.

Kevin R. Foster, right, was convicted on 16 criminal counts, including wire fraud, money laundering, bankruptcy fraud, and tax evasion in Ohio last year.

The New Jersey native is charged with convincing Ne-Yo to invest $2 million in a new sports drink company called OXYwater without revealing that he was the CEO and CFO of the company.

Foster also withdrew another $1.5 million from Ne-Yo's bank account without the musician's knowledge to fund his lifestyle. And he opened up a line of credit in Ne-Yo's name for $1.4 million by forging his signature.

On Friday, Foster, 43, was ordered to serve 89 months in prison and pay over $7.9 million in restitution to his victims.

Ne-Yo met Foster in 2005 and the two developed a close friendship while Foster worked for a consulting and accounting firm where Foster managed Ne-Yo's business affairs.

When Foster left the firm to open his own accounting and consulting company, Ne-Yo went with him.

Ne-Yo eventually placed his complete trust in Foster to handle his finances and business affairs, including paying his bills and filing his tax returns.

In addition, Foster was accused of earning singer Brian McKnight's trust and withdrawing money from his bank account without permission.

Foster reportedly used the funds to enjoy a lavish lifestyle, including hiring a personal driver, buying designer suits and jewelry, as well as purchasing season tickets to his favorite New York sports teams, and tickets to the Super Bowl.

Ne-Yo filed a civil suit against Foster in 2014, accusing him of withdrawing $4.5 million from his bank account without authorization between 2011 and 2013. He only discovered he had lost millions when he hired an outside accounting firm to oversee his finances after Citibank officials claimed he had failed to make payments on a loan the singer insisted he never signed off on.

Ne-Yo also sued Citibank, accusing the financial institution of allowing a bank employee to approve a loan for Foster without the singer's signature.

Ne-Yo said the bank manager was a close friend of Foster's, alleging the two men vacationed together and even stayed in the same hotel room.

But Citibank responded that Ne-Yo deposited the $1.4 million loan into his bank accounts and then withdrew $25,000 at a time, and also transferred large amounts to his other accounts.

Ne-Yo's case was dismissed by a judge in 2016, due to a lack of supporting evidence.

In 2011, Foster sued 2 Atlanta bloggers for posting a letter from an ex-girlfriend who accused Foster of texting her nude photos to his friends. The lawsuit was thrown out of court for lack of jurisdiction.

Photos by Jeff Vespa/WireImage, Denise Truscello/Getty Images

  • Coy little wink

    Photo selection ??

  • Topic Influencer

    Maybe he knew something and they paid him that money to hush.Bc both of em...you know what? Nevermind before the all black mens are not gay brigade comes to this thread and kicks me out.

    https://media0.giphy.com/media/4YZd2coygn5g4/giphy.gif

  • Bree

    If he's going to prison, how will he pay 7.9 million dollars for Restitution? I'm not sure how these things work. I feel bad for people when they get took by people they trust with their hard earned money. I will be a millionaire this year, I'm praying about getting a financial adviser.

  • CookieMobster

    Umm.... In the words of Chris Brown, THESE HOES AINT LOYAL. https://media3.giphy.com/media/XLFMuk2vv51SzJpk7p/giphy.gif

  • Kimocha
  • Shani

    right??

  • Shani

    what is this?? I need more!!

  • Guest

    Neyo's lips so pursed. how you doin'? Lol!

  • Topic Influencer
  • Topic Influencer
  • luVn_liFe…

    damn!

  • jwoo250

    Me too. I'm scared to let folks I don't know near my fortune.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Smh. If I were a multimillionaire, I would have multiple accountants...multiple everything really. A third party would be checking every body's work.

    I would do at least one random annual audit of my funds a year. There is no reason that someone should be able to siphon money from you for years at a time.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Dude conned Neyo AND Brian McKnight?? Mr. Foster was Servicing them in more ways than one https://media3.giphy.com/media/3ohs4fclWK2VHJxd8Q/giphy.gif

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Checks and balances!

  • Seldomseen

    You know how our auntie does it.

  • Guest

    Messy MENS!

  • Gamer?? Chick

    Dam shame can’t trust folks to do their job, wow you even befriended him probably just to steal from him. https://media0.giphy.com/media/3yDdl5SLGgpGM/giphy.gif

  • KcoolMuziq

    This sounds similar to what happened to Shemar Moore. But this person had too much free access to these accounts. More than he should have.

  • Capricornlady

    KARMA!! I cant stand Neyo

  • Marlika

    Neo appears to be very naive and gullible. He’s always being duped by someone. I remember the girl he was with when he first came out that had a baby that he thought was his for a min. What a SIMPLETON!!??????

  • Kimocha

    Citibank's response to Neo's allegations don't make no damn sense to me!... Seems like he got a good reason to suit they ass!

  • Topic Influencer

    Another one who is rumored to be....you know what? Imma hush about this patter'ern I see. Sure am https://media0.giphy.com/media/1rLDTQAsBBFicPIi0D/giphy.gif

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Random-- So I just found out that the cussing pastor and K Michele were beefing. Apparently he said she had to get a surrogate because she had h.rpes. So, I didn't know she was still engaged to that doctor. There's a video of her cursing the preacher out in a restaurant and there's a man there with her screaming , "We know who your real boyfriend is" at the preacher. The man is supposedly the doctor she is engaged to. Listen, that doctor sounds like he has two gallons of sugar and a 1/2 cup of organic blue agave in his tank.I really thought he was like her stylist or ghey best friend.

  • Pamela

    Hmm..hint hint..

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Even black folks tell you never trust black people when it come to business

  • Rhyme and Reason

    If would be rare for someone not to eventually steal from a person, and there is no oversight!

    The thief felt, it was no big deal, these are very wealthy individuals!

    Envy, he wanted their lifestyle! Lazy, didn’t want to build legitimate businesses with his level of contacts/investors!

  • ~~eb

    Isn't some mess like this the premise behind Rihanna's Beetch Betta Have My Money?

  • WhooCares

    lmao yes!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Yup! Love that video too ?

  • Blak

    Girl I'm not sure where you're trying to go with that pic of Neyo with his lips pursed together like a hood chic, but it had me cackling!!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ????

  • NewNew

    ?

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Ne-Yo eventually placed his complete trust in Foster to handle his finances and business affairs, including paying his bills and filing his tax returns.
    __________
    There is always a NEED for checks and balances regardless of how much trust you have in someone. This is business, phuck your feelings!!! Especially if their poor decisions dictates whether I eat or not. I don't even like charging my clients for postage and these folks are out here getting credit lines in their client's name WTF?!?! *sits business card on the blog*

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    I am LAID OUT by how much sugar you put in K Michele’s hubby’s tank https://media3.giphy.com/media/3013dlUD5aZqxZLhB6/giphy.gif

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    yeah they got her too a few years ago

  • PhillyFacts

    Why was Mr. Foster and the bank manager sleeping in the same room?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Remember, his “accountant” had a friend that worked for the bank so the friend probably had a friend that worked in Citibanks Legal department and helped the judge make his decision.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    The article says they "developed a close friendship ". That's the problem right there. Keep the two separate. Don't be friends with the people who handle your money. And also, let them know straight up you'll have an independent auditor checking their work. If you have friends or family handing your money you're just setting yourself up for potential disaster.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ??

  • Blak

    Through liquidating his assets and ceasing bank accounts.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    LMAO Mr. Foster was all at Citibank putting in work chile

  • Notatall

    Blessed to have such a great opportunity and messed up his whole livelihood...smh

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    playing the lottery before they go in and hoping they win

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ????????????????????????????????

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    STOP!!!!!

  • Topic Influencer

    Okay Imma say it. I think these mens are paying their managers to hush. About their errrr...preferences. Bc the biz manager knows who THEY cut checks to...in order to hush.

    Then the star falls out with said manager and then claim THEFT and other stuff. Which may or may NOT be true. Folks aint blind out in these streets. https://media2.giphy.com/media/MGKGJ4QImuPCg/giphy.gif

  • Shamwow

    The addition of agave nearly took me out. Regular sugar and sugar substitute( healthy because it’s organic) https://media1.giphy.com/media/3oEjHAUOqG3lSS0f1C/giphy.gif

    https://media2.giphy.com/media/PFXmxJoyTNfDG/giphy.gif

  • Applebootay

    When KARMA shows up...................

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • Trace da Ace

    lmao....love the GIF.....

  • Karen Brady

    *chuckles* @ simpleton

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Dub what in the South Dakota stanky leg is this *hollering*

  • Trace da Ace

    see...THIS is what happens when you left folks into your bank accounts and give them auth to be all up in your finances....hell if I were rich....NOBODY would be in my money matters....EXCEPT ME. Call it what you wanna call it...but you wont see me ass out with cling-ons living their best life of my coins...no maam....

  • justlooking

    Neon is not very bright right. Didn't Oprah tell us to write your own checks and check on your accounts.....

    Should never gave your ningas money.....Rick James https://media2.giphy.com/media/HiDfhTFGZ4geI/giphy.gif

  • Applebootay

    two gallons of sugar and a 1/2 cup of organic blue agave.....LORDT....a WHOLE PITCHER OF KOOLAID

  • Topic Influencer

    Actually I think this is a Swedish stanky leg.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • Applebootay

    IKR! 2 gallons was so unnecessary LOL

  • justlooking

    Lisen...Nobody is that wealthy. 8 million is no 50 dollars to anyone. Neon is not a bright bulb.

    He should have one of his many wives or mother...follow up.

    But I can see it happening i you think you too busy. Shameful

  • Topic Influencer

    dklflsnsnsnlsnsns LMAO

  • Psychic Lulu

    Right. And in most cases you need an accountant to check the accountant that checked the other accountant. ?

  • Trace da Ace

    I CANNA WITH YOU!!!!! Dammit....I damn near choked on my spicy chicken nugget off that one!!!! Now DATS alot of tang in that thang!!!

  • Psychic Lulu

    You knoooooow?

  • justlooking

    CHILE...I wonder if he pay Mona right by the kids...The only kids she will ever have, cause he convinced he to make a life altering change to her body.

    She wasn't bright either.

  • Trace da Ace

    noo!!!! spill it!!!! my tea cup is empty!!

  • Psychic Lulu

    Seriously.

  • Renee26

    Damn shame!!! I can't stand a thief ?

  • Applebootay

    LOG OFF .....NOW before I lose my job

  • Renee26

    He was supposed to be a professional hired to do these things. I know a lot of people who have money managers and accountants and they aren't rich... Living good but not rich.

  • Renee26

    Right....who disclosed that and for why ?

  • Pamela

    This is just terrible. Neyo should ask that black billionaire to recommend a non-stealing accountant...

  • Trace da Ace

    thats it...I'm giving up eating lunch...cause these GIFS got he over her trying not to hollar!!!!

  • Applebootay

    That's exactly what I was referring to.....because if that aint the most low down dirty devilish shat you can do to a person....I still get mad thinking about it...

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Where are y'all finding these gifs of these men in wigs?

  • Applebootay

    SEE....

  • justlooking

    I'm sure he probably sits down with his CPA...and make sure his business is in order.

  • Trace da Ace

    yeah...and I bet they are not stealing from their clients either.....this dude prolly had a plan from day 1...smdh

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Did u say Tang in that Thang!?!?! Yall don't have no damn ACT RIGHT! *hollering* https://media1.giphy.com/media/l0HlO4vdchLBZNxYc/giphy.gif

  • justlooking

    Lissen...I knew that what you were saying, without saying.....I SEE YOU girl.

  • Evillene

    Profoundly sad. Ne-Yo could have had ANYONE looking after his money and he gave this fool a chance trying to help a brotha establish himself. No good deed goes unpunished.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Ne-Yo eventually placed his complete trust in Foster to handle his finances and business affairs, including paying his bills and filing his tax returns.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I don't have any wealthy (or super rich) friends. So I legitimately want to know if it's customary for them to have someone else pay their personal bills. Filing taxes I get. But, this really just makes me wonder even more wtf the women (wives) in their lives do? And I mean with automatic bill pay, why do you need to give someone else that authority?

  • Trace da Ace

    you know we show off....especially cause its Monday...(wink)

  • Applebootay

    From the sounds of it, he withdrew money from this loan he didn't know about....something aint adding up....sounds like he knew...but something else went down and now he suing to cover his own azz...

  • Renee26

    Her man is a dentist... Womwn with herpes give birth everyday... I take what pasta says with a grain of salt

  • Pamela

    ?? Rick James sure was cute.

  • Evillene

    Because Auntie wants you to assume something about his character and psychology.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Yes I handle my client's business and personal affairs and they're not wealthy just regular doctors, lawyers, and real estate agents

  • Applebootay

    You should have a Lawyer or an certified accountant handling your business,,,not a so called "friend" trying to pass as an "business manager",

  • Renee26

    Giggles

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I understand the desire of wanting to put your friends on, and I don't have a problem with it if they are competent and knowledgeable. I think that everyone, irrespective of their relationship to you, should be checked.

  • Renee26

    LMAO

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    They probably just sell off whatever he bought with the money and then divide the proceeds back to the victims.
    Of course it won't be anywhere near the original value of what he stole but it will be something.

  • Renee26

    Ain't no tell with Neyo... And Brian

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I wasn't really commenting on the veracity of his statement, this was just a really round about way of saying that her fiance sounds like he likes what she likes.

    There are plenty of women that have to get c-sections because they cannot have natrual births.

    Also, a dentist is a doctor. lol

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Real talk. Friends are always disappointed that I won’t rent to them. I am not friends with people that rent my property. I am compassionate but don’t want to hear about your problems when it’s time for the rent. Business and pleasure don’t mix???

  • Renee26

    You never know chile... I watch American Greed a lot. Sooo many of them steal... It's scary

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    IKR. I was checking for his marital status.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Exactly

  • Topic Influencer

    There is always a NEED for checks and balances regardless of how much DICK you have in someone. << changed it for ya sis. YW

  • Carrington

    If only these dumb MFS used their powers for good. He could've led a very good lifestyle, based upon his EXPERIENCE, if he used them as a LEGIT businessman. Why do people get greedy and do this to themselves?
    My grandmother told me that Michael Jackson's mom told her that they would hire secretaries who didn't have $hit and six months later, they'd be driving a BMW because people would steal. SMH

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I hear you on that, but I wouldn't do it, no matter how competent they seem to be. I wouldn't want to hire friends or family to work for any company I own, because if they mess up, it's hard to fire them. You fire your relative and it creates family drama... you fire your friend and it pretty much ends the friendship. I'd rather avoid all that.

  • Topic Influencer
  • ~~eb

    Me too! Took me back to the days of REAL music video artistry. (RIP MJJ)

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yup. Imagine having to evict your friend if they lose their job and fall behind on rent for 2 months. ??

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    ??? I can’t...

  • BlackNicheRims

    Guy looks shady.. like he'll steal the crack out 'cha azz...https://media0.giphy.com/media/t7tfEcMKINhiRou7if/giphy.gif

  • WhoKnew

    You can't trust no neck/short neck menz. Thaze sneaky.

  • Being bad is way more fun

    Cant trust nobody to fully watch your money .. You better watch it also !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Renee Bee
  • Rayne

    Baby don’t nobody handle my cash like I do. I wish my husband would pull a “lemme see yo check” move. ? How do u want this ass whooping in English, Spanish or French?

  • Li-Wright

    No wonder NeYo is doing judging shows. He needs the money :) Anywho, like Oprah said, "you sign the checks."

  • Li-Wright

    Yes, it is customary to have someone else on your account and do the business. But like Oprah has said many times, "YOU sign the checks.

  • Gloria

    I think it’s different with spouses. It’s not uncommon for married folks to have joint bank accounts but friends?!? Oh hell no. No friend will ever have access to my finances.

  • Guest

    I like this gif. Lol!

  • Bree

    Good question! Because as a wife, I'm over all of my husband's finances. These women sit back and shop till they drop, honey I'm checking bank statements, wallets, cell phone records.... well not cell phone records.

  • Gloria

    I don’t feel sorry for Neyo ?????

  • Chocolate

    Hey Auntie- did you hear about Muhlaysia Booker (the trans who was beaten publically) being found dead?
    You reported on the beating...

    At the time I went to Muhlaysia’s social media and it was super messy...sad.

  • Guest

    No behavior! Lmao!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Yes. Several people emailed me about it. I didn't have time to catch up on the emails until until after lunch.

  • Karen Brady

    LMAOOOOOOO

  • Karen Brady

    THIS. And also you're funny.

  • Karen Brady

    Crine @ Neon

  • Karen Brady

    Nice lips :-)......

  • Karen Brady

    SHUT UP DWIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAOOOO

  • Karen Brady

    Me too

  • justlooking

    THIS GIF THOUGH!!!!! I remember this game..... CRINE!!!!!!!!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Log out sis! ????

  • Xin11

    Cuz I speaks many languages fluently when it comes to my coins. Yep

  • XoXo

    That’s messed up. Good looking man though.

  • Renee26

    Was he the one doing the hollering??

  • Topic Influencer

    Why you just now eating Sandra? You work hard. Feed yourself

  • onelove

    that's not cool at all!!

  • Dowoop

    How do you not know what's going on with your bank account and credit?

  • Dowoop

    I get the bill paying only if you pay with your money and then submit an expense report to me and then I cut you a check. There is no need for you be all in my account.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I ate at 1. I get so many emails, it takes me all day to read 'em and reply.

  • Dowoop

    Money managers and accountants still need you to sign off on investments and transactions (especially large ones like this) . This here is not normal.

  • Dowoop

    I didn't know she was engaged, had kids or was beefing with anyone... ?

  • Carrington

    When I hit the powerball, I'm having an accountant for my accountant - and them two MFs can't even know each other.
    Any why don't these stupid MFs learn from all their dumb assed friends who get into tax trouble? You can call the IRS right now and ask for an invoice to see if you owe anything and they'll send you a print out.

  • WhoKnew

    LOL. Thanks!

  • DroneRivers

    This has been happening to groups and singers for decades. You'd think today's artists would try to be more involved. Oprah said a long time ago that she signs every check herself! Gotta know what's going out and coming in. You can't blindly trust anybody with all that money.

  • Rayne

    You know what I’m talking about. Yea ok!

  • Rayne

    Lmao

  • Rayne

    We have a joint account. But I have two on the side, mattress money and a foldgers coffee can that is hidden. Just in case a mofo wanna empty it. I’d be like ?? you good!?

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Yeah. Well, I mean she was hollering, but he kept repeating what she was saying.

  • Logan Roberts

    This continues to keep happening, count your own damn money. I trust no one.

  • Renee26

    LMAO imagining the visual

  • Blaque Mahogany

    She has a son that's a teenager. She's been engaged for a minute...so long in fact I thought they were no longer together.

  • grenadiadrian

    Some high quality GANK-etry there.

  • grenadiadrian

    "Man, that sh** would NEVER happen to me! My friends are airtight and I know I can trust them..." I'm quite sure that's what was going through his head all the while said "friend" was ready to apply his Birdman/Puffy "How to rob gullible musicians" degree on Ne-Yo the minute his dollars entered the multi-millions. https://media0.giphy.com/media/RbusZV5hgyA7K/giphy.gif

  • BlockingTrollsAllYearLong
  • Yup, I said it

    After how he did Monyetta, having her tubes burnt and all its Karma. "A fool and his money..." Chile.

  • Stacey J

    Why does it look like Neyo has a flesh colored skull cap on his head?

  • Undecided

    Same thing happened to Whitney Houston while she was getting high she was robbed blind on that last documentary her accountant had yachts and Lamborghini's and she was his only client

  • Bashi22

    Sometimes it's our own people I doubt a Chinese or East Indian would do this to their own people. I didn't put jews they are on the code to grab for their generational wealth.

  • Bashi22

    Sandra are you on intermittent fasting

  • https://instagram.com/uptown2501 Uptown2501

    She was her own dummy

  • JazzyBossyJen

    Dang NeYo head look like the tip of whole dingaling!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    That's coz he iz a dingaling!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Exactly! Have errybody checkin every body...

  • ClaireHuxtable

    " I loves you Buttt..."

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I LUV that show. Didn't know anybody else watched it.

  • Vonda K

    Argh I am screaming laughing out loud.
    He is sweeter than cotton dipped in syrup.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    He is sweeter than cotton dipped in syrup.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    That part.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Uh-uh I don't wanna laugh at Ne-Yo and Brian's misfortune, but I'm going to giggle... a little bit. 'Ready to apply his Birdman/Puffy "How to rob gullible musicians" degree.' sounds like something I would say. ????

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    ???

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    ?????

  • Soon2BWife

    I don't get it. I saw a $5 unauthorized charge from the American Cancer Society on my Amex and I got connected with one of their fraud specialists to get to the bottom of it. I have had clerks try and keep my 2 or 3 pennies in change and held my hand out like umm run me my money. That is chump change but it is my chump change and I keep track of every single penny. My point is, no one should be able to defraud you for a sustained period and for those large amounts. So he didn't look at his financials for years? I'd have a third party accountant auditing my accountant and books annually and I'd sign every single check and approve all withdrawal.

  • Soon2BWife

    His wife is much too busy tagging Fashion Nova and high end wig shops on IG. She doesn't seem to have the mental capacity to pay bills or have sense enough to ensure his affairs are in order.

  • Soon2BWife

    Tuh, listen. Crazy part is most of these women do not work. That's what they get when they marry based off someone's looks and a phat medically altered behind.

  • Bossy704

    Neyo is actually part Asian. Just saying...

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I take Estrogen for menopause, so that makes me gain weight. It doesn't matter if I fast. lol

  • Sassie

    Wow....a lot of balls were dropped here. This is why Ne-Yo should have still been watching his own money. Or at least meeting with his accountant every week or so to go over finances. Dude had WAY too much freedom with Neyo's money. Wow.

  • Sassie

    Boom. What u said. Period. Dude did all that shit cuz Neyo wasn't paying attention.

  • Bashi22

    Oh I see well just continue eating healthy.

  • Zeta1920

    This pic has me weak.