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'Talent' Finalist Under Criminal Investigation

9/10/2009 9:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He's stealing the spotlight on "America's Got Talent," but one of the drummers in the band Recycled Percussion -- who made it to the "AGT" final 10 last night -- is also accused of stealing a ton of cash from a person who helped get his career off the ground.

'Talent' Finalist Under Criminal Investigation

The guy with the bad highlights is Justin Spencer -- and he used to be the treasurer for the company that managed Recycled Percussion ... until his business partner told New Hampshire police that Spencer embezzled nearly $200,000 from the company account.

Cops opened an investigation into Spencer's activities -- and we're told they have built a serious case against the guy. In fact, detectives have just handed the case over to the Hillsborough County Attorney who will decide whether or not to press charges.

We're told the C.A. could have an indictment ready in as few as three weeks -- two weeks after the show's winner is to be announced.

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Brittybad    

Hahah this is awesome- the kid couldnt even come up with a creative name to post his comment about the person accusing him and to cheer himself on. "J" ...good thing TMZ verifies all of their info before they post it...no ones lieing- otherwise TMZ would be sued every day. REAL SMART!

1813 days ago
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Kerfuffle    

I'm guessing JS is so blue in the face today that when RP fires him he'll try to join Blue Man Group without makeup.

1813 days ago
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commenter    

Isn't Recycled Percussion already an established talent? I saw them perform on my college campus in 2004. Is American's Got Talent not for undiscovered talent?

1813 days ago
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RP amiga    

Brittybad- TMZ does post things that are inaccurate and they make good on it once they're informed and "J" is not Justin...just a close friend of his that has more info on this situation than TMZ does. GO RP!!!!

1813 days ago
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P    

4 retards.

1813 days ago
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smartguy    

After watching a couple of shows, I've come to the conclusion that America has no talent. That should include the shows producers and the director. Wow! what a dull bunch of people. And who the hell is the host? Is he somebody? I've never heard of him and wonder how he got the job. Life must be good for those in show business that have something on people in high places.....

1813 days ago
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Tyler Beckett    

TMZ aka Time Warner/AOL fully investigate all claims prior to printing any story. Anyone who knows Justin knows he becomes "a changed man" every time he gets caught doing whatever his latest rotten selfish evil mean-spirited infatuation of the moment is. He tries to destroy anyone who disagrees with him or gets in his way. Of course he is going to use his "fame" and ability to have people shove a mic in his face to keep his lies going. The cops and the courts will have the final say but the evidence in the looooong paper trail that idiot left for himself says it all. What jackass embezzles money and buys a Jeep and has the bank make the cashiers check from the stolen money out directly to the dealership? Dur. If you believe his latest "i'm a changed man" sucker story.... you are just another at the end of a VERY long line.

1813 days ago
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another girl    

im kind of embarrassed to admit that i made out with that guy when they played at my college a few years ago. he was clean cut back then.. without the scary hair. said he didnt drink or do drugs because he worked out so much and didnt want to put bad things in his body. ha. what a joke.

1813 days ago
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L.F.O.D.    

Tyler Beckett (comment #28) is exactly correct. Sorry to break your heart Jen. It's all true. This guy will screw anyone for status or money. This is not an isolated incident. Anybody that actually knows him will confirm this story. If not, you're fooling yourself. It sucks when the hometown hero turns out to be a douche bag.

1813 days ago
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a fan    

"Tyler Beckett" if TMZ checked their facts they would know that Justin wasn't the treasurer....he owns the group...along with a "disgruntled" business partner.

1813 days ago
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L.F.O.D.    

Ummm, Fan? You have been fooled. And why would you defend him? Are you family?

1813 days ago
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k_paul    

haha RP performed a concert at my college a few years ago and the rumor was that Justin hooked up with a freshman girl and bragged about it to everyone. creepy because he's actually kinda old.

1813 days ago
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Tyler Beckett    

gross! this justin guy slept with our events chairperson at NACA last year and she said he couldn't stop talking about how much money he had. guess we know where he got it now LOL. they all got so stoned in their tour bus they forgot to lock the back, and when they drove away all their equipment fell out all over the highway. tards!

1812 days ago
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Tyler Beckett    

go justin we got your back bro!!!

1812 days ago
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Tyler Beckett    

see we can all be tyler tyler! haha

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