Key Figure in Suzuki of Sacramento Case Arrested in Roseville

California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office
2415 First Avenue, MS F-122, Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: DMV Media Relations

September 30, 2008

Sacramento– Shayan Rahbarian, former owner of a closed Sacramento auto dealership, was arrested early Friday morning in Roseville on 24 counts of fraud for allegedly failing to pay a local auto auction more than $4 million. Rahbarian previously owned Suzuki of Sacramento, which closed in July 2007.

Investigators from the California Department of Motor Vehicles had obtained arrest warrants on Shayan Rahbarian and his brother, Paiman, last Thursday, Sept. 25, on 24 counts of fraud each. Both men allegedly failed to pay Brasher’s Auto Auction of Sacramento for vehicles purchased in 2006 and 2007. Paiman Rahbarian was previously the dealership’s general manager.

On Friday, Sept. 26 at 2:40 a.m., Shayan Rahbarian was arrested by Roseville Police Department officers without incident.  He is currently in custody on $3 million bail in the Placer County Jail.  

The chronology of events began in late 2006 when Brasher’s Auto Auction began purchasing several vehicles from American Suzuki Motor Corporation that were delivered to Suzuki of Sacramento to be resold at retail. By the end of the year, Suzuki of Sacramento had sold or transferred 192 new Suzuki vehicles acquired from Brasher’s but failed to pay Brasher’s after the retail sales were made.

DMV’s Investigations Division opened a criminal investigation on July 25, 2007 and subsequently conducted a search warrant operation in March, 2008 at the Rahbarian’s homes and businesses. On September 24, 2008 a restraining order was obtained by DMV preventing the Rahbarians and family members from liquidating any personal or business assets.  The Rahbarian family holds assets in a total of 13 locations in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, Solano and San Francisco counties.

Paiman Rahbarian remains at large. Citizens are encouraged to call the Department of Motor Vehicles Investigations Division District Office at 916.229.0167, for any information on his whereabouts. 

Editor’s Note: Raymond Brown, Commander of the DMV’s Central Investigations area, is available for interviews. He can be contacted at (916) 229-0162.

DMV’s Investigations Division enhances consumer protection through active fraud/counterfeit detection, investigation, and enforcement services. The DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the direction of Secretary Dale E. Bonner. The DMV licenses drivers; maintains driving records; registers and tracks official ownership of vehicles and vessels; investigates auto and identity-related fraud; and licenses car dealers, driving schools, and traffic violator schools.

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