Just over a year ago, I wrote about Ali Olyaie. Mr. Olyaie was a “VIP host” at the popular Las Vegas nightclub Pure. He pleaded guilty to failing to report income earned while working at the popular club in 2006.
Mr. Olyaie is not the only Pure employee who pleaded guilty to a tax crime. Today we add Steve Davidovici and Mikel Hasen to the list.
Steve Davidovici used to be a part-owner and manager of Pure. Mike Hasen used to be the head doorman at Pure. Earlier today they both pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false federal income tax return for the 2006 year. From the U.S. Department of Justice press release:
[D]uring the years 2005, 2006 and 2007, in addition to fees charged for admission to the nightclub, some of Pure’s patrons made cash payments to Pure door personnel and “VIP hosts” to bypass the general admissions line and to obtain more desirable seating. This money was collected, pooled and generally distributed on a weekly basis to the door personnel and VIP hosts, as well as to managers of Pure such as Davidovici and Hasen. In Hasen’s case, distributions from this “tip pool” comprised the bulk of his compensation during the time he worked at Pure. Davidovici and Hasen each concealed large amounts of this income from the IRS.
Davidovici’s and Hasen’s sentencings are set for June 27, 2012, at 9 a.m.
You would think the club may crumble as a result.
You thought wrong.
In just a couple of hours, Pure is throwing a party to celebrate its 7th birthday. Of course, patrons will continue to pay large sums of cash to bypass the admissions line and land a comfortable spot to hang out.
Let’s hope Pure personnel who take home the cash learn from the mistakes of their predecessors.