Former SAG pension plan executive pleads guilty to tax charge

By Richard Verrier,

A former chief information officer of the Screen Actors Guild’s Producers Pension and Health Plans has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return.

Nader Karimi, 51, of Los Angeles pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony count of filing a false tax return. The U.S. attorney’s office said Karimi failed to report income he received from contractors to upgrade the union’s computer system.

Over a four-year period, Karimi entered into agreements with vendors who were hired to modernize the PPHP’s computer system. The vendors had agreed to pay a portion of what they received from the union’s health and pension plans to a company affiliated with Karimi called Enterprise Technology and Management Services.

The payments totaled $711,000. However, Karimi used the sums for personal expenses while not declaring them as income on his tax returns, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

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