Source: Iran Times
A former self-proclaimed bodyguard to the last Shah has been found guilty in England of making millions by selling people car inspection stickers without doing any inspections.
For more than 13 years, Roobik Mirzabegi, 51, ran four garages in central England that offered inspection stickers without the bother of showing up for inspections for £100 ($170).
Mirzabegi's $4.3 million scam paid for a lavish lifestyle including a six-bedroom home, private education for his children and luxury cars, the Leeds Crown Court in West Yorkshire heard.
He laundered millions in dirty money through the bank account of his estranged wife Julie Mirzabegi, 51.
His brother, Hakop Mirzaibaigian, 53, of Leeds, was also involved in the scam. The trio was finally caught by a joint operation between police and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.
Mirzabegi arrived in the UK in the 1970s after the Shah was deposed in 1979. He opened his first testing station in 1992.
All three involved in the scheme were found guilty of various charges. Mirzabegi was found guilty October 9 of three counts of conspiracy to defraud and concealing or transferring proceeds of criminal conduct. His wife was convicted of assisting another to retain the benefit of criminal conduct and obtaining services by deception. Hakop was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud and fined £6,500 ($11,000).
Mirzabegi and his wife have not yet been sentenced but they face losing all the money they had made illegally.
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