Photo: Bijan Sassan Hooshyar
Ventura County – A three-month-long investigation into the activities of 32-year-old Newbury Park resident Bijan Sassan Hooshyar came to an end with his arrest on January 30th.
Since October 2018, Hooshyar had been the object of an investigation into multiple reports of check fraud and forgery perpetrated by him. According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Det. Jacob Holt, he was suspected of stealing checks from a Camarillo resident, filling them out, forging the true owner’s signature, and then depositing them into his own personal bank account.
The VCSD Camarillo Investigations Bureau painstakingly gathered evidence of Hooshyar’s criminal behavior and on January 30th served a search warrant on his Newbury Park residence. It was then that things became really interesting and indicated that Hooshyar was involved in more than simple theft and check-kiting.
During the course of their search, deputies discovered what Holt described to the media as “multiple unregistered assault rifles, AR-15 rifle type manufacturing tools and equipment, over a thousand rounds of live ammunition, AR-15 rifle style parts and accessories, several high capacity rifle and handgun magazines, a credit card scanning and re-coding device, several hundred dollars in counterfeit US currency, and tools commonly used to burglarize vehicles.”
As deputies seized all the guns and ammo, Hooshyar was transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on charges that included forgery, passing forged checks, manufacturing assault weapons, possession of assault weapons, possession of high capacity magazines, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, and possession of a credit card scanning device.
He remains in custody with his bail set at $500,000.
Photos: Courtesy Camarillo Investigations Unit, VCSD and Ventura County Jail Booking