IRVINE (AP) — Police say the publisher of a Southern California Persian community magazine is suspected of extorting the family of a Laguna Beach rug store owner charged with sexual assault.
The Los Angeles Times says 70-year-old Javad Mostafavi was arrested last week. The family of Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan alleged Mostafavi threatened to publish Maralan’s mug shot on the cover of his magazine if he wasn’t paid $3,000.READ MORE: FBI Offers $20K Reward For Couple Who Went On The Run After Being Convicted In COVID-19 Relief Fraud Scheme
Maralan is charged with assaulting 11 women while working at a Laguna Beach rug store. He is being held on $1.5 million bail and faces a maximum of 60 years to life in prison if convicted.READ MORE: Brush Fire Burning Near 5 Freeway In Pyramid Lake Area
Police say Mostafavi emailed the accused molester’s family a mock-up of the magazine with Maralan’s mugshot on the cover.MORE NEWS: Antelope Valley Fair Cancelled Due To Logistics Of COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Mostafavi’s monthly Payam-e-Ashena has been published since 1989.