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Two Men Jailed on Felony Charges in A One Auto Sweep

According to the Santa Barbara Independent, Karen Flores admitted to stealing over $600,000 in parking citation fees. Despite pleas from her attorney and letters of support from nearly 30 friends and family members, the former supervisor of the Santa Barbara Police Department’s business office was sentenced to 10 years in state prison. She was also ordered to pay just under $685,000 in restitution and $112,000 to us.

According to the Tax Probe two Riverside men linked to the A One Auto Center used-car dealerships in the Inland region are in custody at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of white-collar crime and other felonies, Riverside County jail booking records show.

Ahmad Mohamod Sami, 38, and Nader M. Sami, 45, each are being held on counts of filing a false tax return and failing to turn over government money. Bail was set at $400,000. Board of Equalization and our agents searched Ahmad Sami and Nader Sami’s neighboring houses — at 6960 and 6990 Wyndham Hill Drive, respectively.

The homes at those addresses are connected by an outside staircase agents discovered after taking a crowbar to the properties. The relationship between the two men was not immediately clear.

County property records show the home at 6990 Wyndham Hill is owned by Sami Nader, a name also used for corporate filings with the California Secretary of State. In addition to the search on Wyndham Hill Drive, state and county agents served search warrants at the A One Auto Centers at 8237 Indiana Avenue in Riverside and 333 S. Waterman Ave. in San Bernardino. The used-car dealership was launched in 1998 by the Samirs.

Officials declined to release details relating to , although throughout the raid, Board of Equalization and our investigator’s carried banker’s boxes into the vehicles or rented moving vans. Both California entities investigate potential sales tax fraud and other types of corporate fraud.

Representatives from finance companies showed up at the A-One Auto dealership on South Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino seeking to reclaim their vehicles that had been consigned.

Discussions included concerns that the California Board of Equalization would show up at any moment and seize the vehicles.

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