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Dallas Area Used Car Dealers Indicted in Money Laundering Scheme
SHERMAN, Texas - Two Dallas area used car dealers have been charged with federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Bahman Hafez Amini, also known as Ben Amini, 44, of Parker, Texas, and Jose Ivan Jimenez, 47, of Dallas, appeared on Nov. 16, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Amos Mazzant on money laundering charge.
According to the indictment, Amini served as the owner and operator of Dallas Roadster, a company which sold used cars, and Jimenez was employed as a salesman for Dallas Roadster. In four separate transactions, Amini and Jimenez sold cars to an individual directed by law enforcement and undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agents who represented that the money that they used to purchase the cars came from the distribution of controlled substances. Amini and Jimenez also titled these transactions in the names of third parties in order to conceal the source of payment and true ownership of the automobiles, and also agreed to withhold required reports about the transactions from the federal government. On Nov. 9, 2011, a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging Amini and Jimenez with money laundering.
If convicted, Amini and Jimenez each face up to 20 years in federal prison on each count of the indictment
This case is being investigated by the D.E.A. and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shamoil T. Shipchandler.
A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.