Acting on an anonymous phone tip, the Screen Actors Guild has expelled 17 union members because they faked their resumes when applying for membership.
Each of the 17 was sent a letter with the news they were no longer SAG members, union spokesman Greg Krizman said. They received reimbursements of their initiation fees — currently about $1,160 — and the dues they had paid so far.
The actors, all extras, had filed false documents regarding their work history, according to a SAG statement. “The documents purported to show sufficient background work which would enable them to qualify for SAG membership,” the statement went on.
The guild, acting on information from the tipster, looked into the actors’ backgrounds and “determined that the performers had never actually been employed as represented.”
Leonard Chassman, SAG’s Hollywood exec director, said the actors “may have bought the clearly falsified documents under a scheme which offered SAG-qualifying paperwork to aspiring performers for a fee.” He said the guild is continuing its investigation and intends to take appropriate action against the person or persons involved.
The actors may be able to return to the SAG fold, however.
“If these individuals would care to reapply with verifiable information,” said spokesman Krizman, “they would be reconsidered.”