Investigation Into Check Forgery Suspect Finds Assault Rifle Manufacturing Gear, Counterfeit Cash, Credit Card Scanner in Newbury Park

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Bijan Hooshyar is seen in this booking photo from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.
Bijan Sassan Hooshyar is seen in this booking photo from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

A Newbury Park man was arrested Thursday at his residence after a three month investigation into an alleged scam involving check fraud and forgery, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

Authorities began investigating Bijan Sassan Hooshyar, 32, on suspicion that he stole checks from a victim in Camarillo and deposited those checks into his own bank account. Hooshyar is also a suspect in other similar cases in Ventura County, the sheriff’s office said.

Hooshyar was taken into custody at his home in Newbury Park when officers with the Camarillo Investigations Bureau served a search warrant and discovered multiple unregistered assault rifles, AR-15 type manufacturing tools and equipment, over a thousand rounds of ammunition, AR-15 rifle style parts and accessories, several high capacity rifle and handgun magazines, a credit card scanning and recoding device, several hundred dollars in counterfeit money, and tools commonly used to burglarize vehicles.

Firearms and counterfeit cash are seen in this photo from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.
Firearms and counterfeit cash are seen in this photo from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

Hooshyar was arrested and booked on suspicion of multiple charges including:

  • Forgery
  • Passing forged checks
  • Manufacturing assault weapons
  • Possession of assault weapons
  • Possession of high capacity magazines
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Possession of burglary tools
  • Possession of a credit card scanning or recoding device

Hooshyar is held on a $500,000 bond.

Anyone who believes they may be a victim of a crime involving Hooshyar or has information they wish to share with law enforcement is encouraged to call Camarillo Detectives at 805-388-5115.

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