Irvine Police Department Press Release

Farrah Emami - Public Information Officer
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606



Subject :

Irvine Detectives Are Looking for Two Suspects Who Impersonated a Police Officer and Kidnapped a Victim Regarding Money Scam
Contact :Dave Klug, Lieutenant    949-724-7156

IRVINE, CA (January 3, 2013):  Irvine Police Detectives are investigating a kidnapping where the suspects impersonated police officers in order to force the victim to pay back taxes.    


On January 2, 2014, shortly after 8 AM, the victim received a phone call from an unknown suspect stating that he owed the US Attorney General’s Office money in back taxes.  The suspect told the victim to go to a local store to purchase a Green Dot Pack card in the amount of the back taxes owed.  When the victim stated that he would not comply, the suspect threatened that a law enforcement agency would arrest him.  A short time later, a black Ford Crown Victoria pulled up to the victim’s residence.  The vehicle appeared to be a police vehicle with dark tinted windows.  Two suspects then exited the vehicle to talk with the victim, who was standing in front of his residence.  After the suspects identified themselves as law enforcement officials, they placed the victim in the back of their vehicle.  The suspects told the victim that if he did not comply he would be arrested.  The victim was released so he could purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak.        


The victim described the first suspect as a male, Middle Eastern, 45-50, 6’2”, medium build, black curly hair, mustache, dark complexion, wearing a black suit, white shirt and a black tie.  The second suspect was described as a male, Middle Eastern, 50, 5’10”, medium build, short brown hair with grey, wearing black suit, white shirt and a black tie.  The suspect’s vehicle is a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, black, no exterior light bar, tinted windows, with an interior safety cage.       


Detectives are looking for additional victims or witnesses to this crime. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective John Sanders at 949-724-7244 or at




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