SAN DIEGO – A team of federal and local agents Wednesday raided a Grantville car dealership and two Del Cerro homes believed to be owned a son and father.
Investigators with the FBI, Internal Revenue Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal agencies served search warrants Wednesday morning at Autohaus San Diego on Mission Gorge Road and at residences on nearby Madra Avenue and Park Ridge Boulevard.
At least one man was reportedly arrested as part of the multi-agency law enforcement operation, but officials remained tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding the raids.
San Diego resident Musad Ghulam said Roman Bahador lived at the Madra Avenue home and owned Autohaus San Diego. Ghulam said he’s known Bahador for about five years and for the most part he kept to himself.
“He seemed like a good, legitimate person. I believe he comes from a good family,” Ghulam said. “One thing people know about Roman is that he’s pretty well off.”
He ran the business with his father Amir Bahador, who was listed as the homeowner at the Park Ridge home, Ghulam said.
Another car dealer in the area, who did not want to be identified, told FOX5 Bahador had tax problems. Public records revealed numerous consumer complaints against Bahador, with one case involving fraud.
“Amir raised Roman in the car business,” said Jeff Wagner, who has known the Bahador family for 20 years. He said Amir Bahador is a man with a big heart who would do anything for his employees.
“He has rooms over there. He helps the people that wash his cars, so he gave them a place to stay. I don’t know if they’re illegals or not,” said Wagner. “He’s a genuine person. He will help people. He is a very giving person, and I think perhaps financial problems caused this.”
Wagner said he wondered if that’s what has the Bahadors in trouble.
Felicia McCain, a public information officer for the IRS, confirmed that the agency was involved in a “law enforcement operation” but referred further questions to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Debra Hartman, spokeswoman for the latter agency, would not release any details about the case, including the locations of the raids.
“I am sorry, but we have no comment at this time,” Hartman said early Wednesday afternoon.
A spokesman for the FBI did not respond to a request for comment.