August 16, 2006

B.C. “car curbers” face criminal charges

North Vancouver, British Columbia – Two men in North Vancouver face criminal charges related to illegal business practices regarding the sale of motor vehicles. The charges follow a joint investigation by the RCMP, the Motor Dealer Council of BC (MDC) and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC).

Charges have been filed against Ramin Karamali and Mandana Mansouri Tehrani; the six separate charges relate to forged documents, sales tax evasion, selling vehicles without a valid motor dealer license and odometer tampering. It is alleged that they consistently attempted to evade sales tax by misrepresenting vehicle transfers as gifts. The investigation began in the fall of 2004 and ultimately involved 35 vehicles.

The Motor Dealer Council is an independent administrative authority and has been delegated the responsibility of administering the Motor Dealer Act and related regulations in British Columbia.

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