Costa Mesa Men Working as Agents for Iran: Authorities

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Iran's capital, Tehran, is seen on Dec. 17, 2017. (Credit: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s capital, Tehran, is seen on Dec. 17, 2017. (Credit: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

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They seemed an unlikely pair of spies.

The older man, Majid Ghorbani, worked at a posh Persian restaurant in Santa Ana’s South Coast Village Plaza. At 59, he wore a thick gray mustache and the weary expression of a man who had served up countless plates of rice and kebab.

The younger man, Ahmadreza Mohammadi Doostdar, was a Long Beach native who held dual U.S.-Iranian citizenship. Round-faced and bespectacled, the 38-year-old answered to the Farsi nickname “Topol,” or “Chubby.”

Yet even as the men sipped coffee at a Costa Mesa Starbucks, chatted outside an Irvine market, or made trips to Macy’s at South Coast Plaza, they were doggedly trailed by federal agents.

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