Brothers in court after raid on Scottsdale luxury car dealership - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

UPDATE

Brothers in court after raid on Scottsdale luxury car dealership

Scottsdale police and the Internal Revenue Service raided Luxor Auto Group on Wednesday night. (Source: CBS 5 News) Scottsdale police and the Internal Revenue Service raided Luxor Auto Group on Wednesday night. (Source: CBS 5 News)
The Luxor Auto Group also has a location in Mesa in specializes in the sales of luxury used cars and SUVs. (Source: CBS 5 News) The Luxor Auto Group also has a location in Mesa in specializes in the sales of luxury used cars and SUVs. (Source: CBS 5 News)

Updated June 1, 2015:  In January 2015, Frank "Farah" Isaac pleaded guilty to not filing a tax form and was sentenced to time served.  All other charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Original Story:

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) - The owners of a luxury used-car dealership in Scottsdale pleaded not guilty to federal money laundering charges.

Hamid Salari and his brother, Saeid Salari, made their pleas at an arraignment Friday, according to Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation spokesman Brian Watson.

The Salari brothers and Farah Isaac, a jewelry store owner who works with the Salari brothers, were arrested last month on charges of money laundering, conspiracy and currency-violation charges after the undercover operation that began in late September of 2013.

The complaint states the Salari brothers, owners of the Luxor Auto Group at 3220 N. Scottsdale Rd., accepted bags of cash from undercover agents posing as drug dealers in exchange for keeping their names off any paperwork regarding the transactions of more than $10,000 in cash from drug transactions.

Saeid Salari met with an undercover agent on Sept. 24, 2013 and the same agent and a second undercover agent on Nov. 13, 2013. He agreed to sell an $80,000 vehicle to the agents, and contacted his brother as to the best way to conduct the transaction, according to the complaint.

Hamid Salari suggested using a third party for an additional fee, and that a $20,000 cash down payment and subsequent $60,000 cash payment be made in Crown Royal bags, according to the complaint.

Hamid Salari assured them on Dec. 12, 2013 he would take care of everything and that the cash transactions would not be reported, and if questioned, he would simply say he forgot to file the necessary paperwork.

Federal authorities verified that no forms were filed on behalf of Luxor between November and December, but that $58,000 in cash had been deposited into Luxor's bank account on Dec. 12.

During their last meeting, one of the agents noticed a jewelry case with advertising for a local jewelry story, and Hamid Salari said the owner would be willing to take cash up to $30,000 to purchase jewelry without any documentation being filed.

The agents, again claiming to be drug dealers, paid cash for jewelry from Isaac, who didn't report the transactions, according to the complaint.

The agents went back to Luxor in April and offered Hamid Salari $200,000 in cash for another vehicle, and cash for more jewelry from Isaac, according to the complaint.

IRS agents with the assistance of Scottsdale police then raided the business and made the arrests.

The Luxor Auto Group also has a location in Mesa, according to the company's website.

Hamid Salari is listed as the president and Saeid "Sy" Salari as the CEO.

The company specializes in the sales of luxury used cars and SUVs.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.
Police, IRS raid Scottsdale dealership
View Larger Map
  • LocalMore>>

  • Columbus Tech celebrates 2018 spring graduates

    Columbus Tech celebrates 2018 spring graduates

    Monday, June 18 2018 11:03 PM EDT2018-06-19 03:03:12 GMT
    Hundreds of  Columbus Tech students walked across the stage at the Columbus Civic Center. ( Source: WTVM)Hundreds of Columbus Tech students walked across the stage at the Columbus Civic Center. ( Source: WTVM)
    Hundreds of  Columbus Tech students walked across the stage at the Columbus Civic Center. ( Source: WTVM)Hundreds of Columbus Tech students walked across the stage at the Columbus Civic Center. ( Source: WTVM)
    Students and faculty from Columbus Technical College came together Monday to celebrate during their 2018 spring commencement ceremony. Hundreds of students walked across the stage at the Columbus Civic Center. The commencement address was given by Martha Ann Todd, deputy commissioner of Adult and Technical Education.  Students were awarded associate degrees, diplomas, technical certificates of credit, and general equivalency diplomas.  Copyright 2018 WTVM. All right...More >>
    Students and faculty from Columbus Technical College came together Monday to celebrate during their 2018 spring commencement ceremony. Hundreds of students walked across the stage at the Columbus Civic Center. The commencement address was given by Martha Ann Todd, deputy commissioner of Adult and Technical Education.  Students were awarded associate degrees, diplomas, technical certificates of credit, and general equivalency diplomas.  Copyright 2018 WTVM. All right...More >>
  • GUEST SEGMENT: BBB warns of sweepstakes, prize schemes

    GUEST SEGMENT: BBB warns of sweepstakes, prize schemes

    Monday, June 18 2018 10:43 PM EDT2018-06-19 02:43:25 GMT
    Frauds concentrate on seniors and target them by direct mail, cold calling, social media, and even text messages. (Source: WTVM)Frauds concentrate on seniors and target them by direct mail, cold calling, social media, and even text messages. (Source: WTVM)
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    A new report by the Better Business Bureau says sweepstakes, lottery, and prize schemes are devastating victims financial and emotionally as methods of such ploys are evolving. Frauds concentrate on seniors at target them by direct mail, cold calling, social media, and even text messages. Kelvin Collins with the Better Business Bureau explains how people can recognize scams from legitimate sweepstakes and gives tips on how not to become a victim. Copyright 2018 WTVM. All right...

    More >>

    A new report by the Better Business Bureau says sweepstakes, lottery, and prize schemes are devastating victims financial and emotionally as methods of such ploys are evolving. Frauds concentrate on seniors at target them by direct mail, cold calling, social media, and even text messages. Kelvin Collins with the Better Business Bureau explains how people can recognize scams from legitimate sweepstakes and gives tips on how not to become a victim. Copyright 2018 WTVM. All right...

    More >>
  • Miss Georgia 2018 receives keys to brand-new car

    Miss Georgia 2018 receives keys to brand-new car

    Monday, June 18 2018 10:34 PM EDT2018-06-19 02:34:22 GMT
    Annie Jorgensen will get to keep a new Kia Stinger for a year while she wears the crown. (Source: WTVM)Annie Jorgensen will get to keep a new Kia Stinger for a year while she wears the crown. (Source: WTVM)
    Annie Jorgensen will get to keep a new Kia Stinger for a year while she wears the crown. (Source: WTVM)Annie Jorgensen will get to keep a new Kia Stinger for a year while she wears the crown. (Source: WTVM)
    Miss Georgia 2018 received the keys to a brand-new car at Kia Autosport in Columbus Monday afternoon. Annie Jorgensen will get to keep a new Kia Stinger for a year while she wears the crown.  Jorgensen says she will be driving the car all over Georgia while she prepares for the Miss America Competition in September.  Copyright 2018 WTVM. All rights reserved.More >>
    Miss Georgia 2018 received the keys to a brand-new car at Kia Autosport in Columbus Monday afternoon. Annie Jorgensen will get to keep a new Kia Stinger for a year while she wears the crown.  Jorgensen says she will be driving the car all over Georgia while she prepares for the Miss America Competition in September.  Copyright 2018 WTVM. All rights reserved.More >>
Powered by Frankly