SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Authorities on Friday announced the arrest of the COO of the posh Shore Hotel in Santa Monica.
Officials said Steve Farzam is accused of identity theft, weapons possession and impersonating a police officer.READ MORE: See Who Won During The Golden Globe Awards
Investigators raided Farzam’s Brentwood home as well as the hotel.
They accused him of importing and trying to sell an assault weapon. Investigators also said he posed as a federal agent in an attempt to check up on people.
Farzam is free on bail after posting more than $800,000 bail, authorities said.
The 164-room Shore Hotel is located in the 1500 block of Ocean Boulevard between Broadway and Colorado Avenue. On its website, the hotel describes itself as a “sleek, eco-conscious boutique hotel” catering to guests “seeking a luxurious experience.”READ MORE: 2 Riverside Co. Sheriff's Deputies Recovering After Being Hit By Delivery Van; 2 Women Killed
According to his LinkedIn profile, Farzam has been COO of the hotel since November 2010. And according to a profile on the Hotel Business Review, Farzam graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, Northridge.
The profile said he also studied pre-hospital emergency medical care at Santa Barbara City College in 1998. He was given a Medal of Valor from the Burn Institute and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors for helping to save the life of a person trapped in a burning vehicle.
When not working, his profile said “Mr Farzam enjoys flying fixed-wing aircraft, restoring his Squad 51 fire truck from the television show ‘Emergency!’ and volunteering as a tactical officer at Southern California’s Building Unique Youth Alternatives, a nonprofit organization that works with at-risk youths.”
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