British Columbia

Vancouver man charged in credit card scam

A Vancouver man is accused of running an international credit card scam to finance his taste for the high life and interfering with a police investigation.

A Vancouver man is accused of running an international credit card scam to finance his taste for the high life and interfering with a police investigation.

Kamyar Jahanrakhshan, 30, who is facing 113 charges, was first arrested in 2009 following a high-speed boat chase involving a bailiff hired by an aggrieved car dealership, police from Vancouver to Port Moody and the RCMP's Air One helicopter.

Following his arrest he faced two charges linked to the boat chase, but was also charged with 90 offences relating to credit card fraud involving banks in the U.K., Abu Dhabi and two banks in Australia, according to RCMP Const. Mike McLaughlin

Police alleged Jahanrakhshan ran a scam to make credit cards in his name and used them to shop at Lower Mainland luxury car dealerships, picking up BMWs, Cadillacs, Mercedes-Benzes and a boat worth $140,000.

"There was an allegation that hundreds of thousands of dollars in vehicles including high-end cars and boats had been purchased using multiple fraudulent credit cards usually involving information from banks overseas," McLaughlin said.

But after he was released, the RCMP allege, Jahanrakhshan contacted the same banks posing as a police investigator in order to obtain the evidence against him.

New charges

But the RCMP were watching him, and on Thursday the North Vancouver detachment announced nearly two dozen new charges would be laid, this time in relation to his alleged interference with the police investigation

"It looked as though he was trying to find all the evidence that the prosecution had before getting into court," McLaughlin said.

At least one stolen affidavit was recovered in Jahanrakhshan's apartment when North Vancouver RCMP executed a recent search warrant, he said.

Following the search, 21 new charges were laid against Jahanrakhshan, including:

  • Obstructing a police officer.
  • Obstructing justice.
  • Impersonation.
  • Fraud.
  • Possession of an instrument for forging credit cards.
  • Possession of a stolen credit card.
  • Using a stolen credit card.
  • Possession of stolen property.

It's not the first time Jahanrakhshan has run afoul of the law. The American citizen has been convicted of theft in Washington state and sued numerous times, by various litigants, including a Vancouver collection agency and the University of British Columbia.