Feds Trim Namvar Tax Fraud Case As Trial Begins

Law360, New York (May 3, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT) -- Federal prosecutors in California moved to narrow the government's tax fraud case against real estate tycoon Ezri Namvar and his co-defendant on the eve of trial Monday.

Prosecutors filed a redacted indictment in the Central District of California with only four counts of wire fraud against Namvar and Hamid Tabatabai, controller of a company that held proceeds from real estate transactions. The pair are accused of using $21 million held in clients’ tax deferral accounts to keep a faltering company afloat.

The case marks a high-profile...
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