Update – We received a legal demand letter from Mr. Mazarei VIA Facebook and posts where multiple people were tagged. As such, there are corrections in order to ensure accuracy of the information provided. We have inserted parts of Mazarei’s responses throughout the post.
Please also note that Mazarei publicly published the home address of this blogger and sent out a press release protesting his innocence.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about a mystery groupie.
She is in the foreground of this photo.
Our expose’ on Sheriff Stan Sniff has focused on his traditionally poor choices and bad judgement. Our concerns are quite simple.
As it pertains to the mystery woman who has multiple photos of the Sheriff on her facebook page, who is she, why is she so close to the sheriff when his wife is usually separated by a significant space in photos?
What is the nature of their relationship?
Another character is in this photo, his name is Ali Mazarei. Mohammad Ali Mazarei (UPDATE: there was confusion in the file I had on him, this is his given name from birth, as was not changed mid-life) is a member of the Riverside County Republican Central Committee. I wonder if his fellow Riverside GOP Committee-members know he is under an auto repair license revocation request according to a BAR complaint and there is at least one related felony investigation from the issue.
I see Mazarei on facebook, a lot. Ali Mazarei is a local political activist who wants to be at the cool kids table in Riverside County.
Mazarei owns an AM/PM franchise with a Travel Plaza and auto repair. (He also owns several other businesses)
The other allegation we are leveling here is that Mazarei received special treatment for a CCW Permit in Riverside County. Did he have to wait two+ years like most people? We’ve been told from several anonymous sources that his financial largess to the sheriff may have moved him to the front of the line. (Update: Through his attorney we learned that his CCW Permit was issued in 2009, two years after Sniff took office, but 2 1/2 years before the first check was written. We did however, never assert a time as to when Mr. Mazarei got his CCW. Further, Mazarei claims there was no relationship between Sniff and himself until 2011.)
Mazarei is also known for posing for photos with a variety of weapons. Some of his photos look downright scary.
Enter the Attorney: You also imply that Mr. Mazarei is a violent and dangerous man because he has been photographed posing with a variety of weapons. That he would be photographed like that is not surprising given that he is a Federally Licensed Class III Firearms Dealers supplying weapons to local Law Enforcement and Homeland Security officers. (In case you are wondering, I note that he has not sold weapons to the Riverside County Sherif s Department, though he proudly counts many individual officers and deputies as customers and friends.)
(Please note, we did not edit the typographical errors in the portion of the letter we posted)
So here we have a nexus of two very mystery Stan Sniff supporters.
But wait, there is more.
Mazarei has written Stan Sniff checks totaling $40,500. We believe (Not) coincidentally, he is one of the just over 2000 CCW permit holders in Riverside County. (A county of 2.4 Million people) Since it is in doubt the circumstances surrounding the original issuance of the CCW, it is also a very valid question to ask if that financial largess had anything to do with the 4 renewals that have occurred within the time frame of his donations to the Sheriff. Again, according to Mazarei and his attorney there is no connection between his donations and any special treatment by the sheriff.
Does Sheriff Sniff know that Mazarei has a checkered business record? Are there more issues out there?
Ali Mazaeri and his business are named in the document and his business is accused in this complaint filed by The California Bureau of Automotive Repair (featuring Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s letterhead) of Dishonesty, Fraud and Deceit. If you read the complaint, you will see that Mr. Mazarei’s business got stung for making bogus smog checks. (They reference 15(!) instances) We were sent photos of his shop recently that indicate that the auto repair garage parts are shut down.
If you take the time to read the complaint, he (Mazarei) got caught lying multiple times over the course of several days – again 15 references to rigged smog checks in the complaint. (Update – Mazarei is named several times throughout the complaint as an individual although he and his attorney are claiming the complaint is against his business, not him and is related to the conduct of an employee or multiple employees.)
When one is running for a top law enforcement position, fraud complaints / prosecutions against top donors (or their businesses) become an issue in your campaign.
So, the Sheriff has a public problem as a major donor of $40,500 who has had events for him at his house, is subject to administrative action (which names him, his business and others) for 15 instances of Smog Check Fraud, has a suspended auto repair license (and/or order of suspension) and he, his business or employees may well be subject to a felony prosecution. In fact, at least one of his employees is being prosecuted by the Riverside County DA’s office.
So now we have Mohammad Ali Mazarei in the middle of serious legal trouble related to one of his businesses, chummy with the Sheriff, cigar in hand with the mystery woman in the photo. What a team the Sheriff has assembled! Given how Mazarei has responded, it sure looks like the Sheriff was pulled in to the mix.
Let’s add a few more photos (beyond the five in the first post about the mystery woman) to the mix.
Ask yourself – is this the look of friends? Is this what you’d expect from a candidate and a donor? A candidate and a volunteer? Or does this look like an indicator of a physical relationship? If this is “OK” then ask yourself about the judgement of the Sheriff in this toxic environment of sexual harassment claims for far less, If I was in office, I’d have photos like these with my wife only. Any photo with another woman would look different.
It sure makes you wonder what is going on down in Riverside County with the Sheriff.
If anyone reading has any information about the nature of the relationship of the sheriff and the mystery woman, please reach out to us as you can remain anonymous. Please be prepared to provide documentation, photos and/or videos to back up anything you share.
If anyone has any information about Ali Mazarei, the CCW Permit issue, the business practices issue and the like, please reach out to us as you can remain anonymous. Given that Mazarei is in serious legal trouble either personally, business-wise or both, the overriding issues here appear to have become a direct impact on the re-election of Sheriff Sniff. Given that Sheriff Sniff is in a near panic over his fading re-election chances, we 100% understand the need to protect people from retaliation.
Embedded in this post, you can see here a graphic of all the donations between Mazarei and Sniff.
Will Stan Sniff return the money from Ali Mazarei? How does a sitting Sheriff look anyone in the eye knowing that a top 5 donor of his is an alleged fraudster (by virtue of what is laid out in this complaint related to his business)? If Sheriff Sniff has any integrity, he will return the $40,500 donated by Ali Mazarei / his business entities immediately.
What does the Riverside GOP do, knowing that an elected member is in the middle of a five-star mess?