Nash Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

Albany County, NY District Attorney P. David Soares announced Tuesday that Peter Nash, aka “Prime Minister Pete Nice,” 47, of Clifton Park, has pleaded guilty to criminal tax fraud.

Peter Nash

Peter Nash

Soares says between April 15, 2010 and April 15, 2012, Nash failed to timely file New York State Personal Income Taxes for the tax years of 2009, 2010, and 2011.

In April, Nash was ordered to pay a $261,000 legal bill incurred by Robert Edward Auctions in a long-running court battle. The auction house has been attempting to collect the remainder of a $760,000 judgment against Nash for the last five years.

Nash, a baseball historian who often dealt in memorabilia, also lost a legal battle over ownership of a 1912 Red Sox World Series trophy in 2012 after another legal tussle.

Through a blog, Nash often challenges autograph authentication and accuses auction houses of  improprieties.

The tax fraud charge is as misdemeanor and Nash faces up to three years of probation when sentenced on August 26.  He has paid restitution to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in the amount of $13,101, which includes the owed tax liability, penalties, and interest.

Assistant District Attorney Matthew Peluso of the Financial Crimes Unit prosecuted the tax fraud case.