Two men have have been sentenced jail terms for theft and fraud offenses related to their operation of a used car dealership.
Ali Maadarani, owner of M3 Motors, was sentenced to 160 days in county jail, 1,200 hours of community service and five years of formal probation. His brother, Amin Maadarani, was sentenced to one year in county jail and five years of formal probation, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The defendants were convicted by a jury in February and sentenced today by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner.
Amin Maadarani worked with his brother at the dealership. In 2010, the defendants had possession of several vehicles, including a Hummer H2, BMW 330i, Mercedes S550 and a Ford F-150. All had been ordered to be repossessed by the legal owners, which were finance companies. When the defendants notified the finance companies that they had possession of these vehicles, they falsely claimed that they were owed money for the cost of storing and towing the vehicles.
When the finance companies inquired about the condition of the vehicles, the defendants indicated that they were stripped, burned, or "down to the chassis," authorities said. Based on the representations that the vehicles were essentially worthless, the finance companies did not contest the defendants using lien sales to obtain clear title to the vehicles and recoup their costs. The Maadaranis then used, sold or attempted to sell the vehicles, all of which were in good condition.