According to a press release by California Department of Insurance, an investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff Major Crimes Bureau and the California Department of Insurance found he had apprehended bail clients prior to their required court appearances and threatened to return them to jail if they did not pay him money or give him property.
The investigation found that Rehan Nazir, 51, “apprehended clients prior to their court appearances and threatened to take them to jail unless they paid him out of pocket,” according to a California Department of Insurance press release. He had previously been terminated by the Torrance Police Department after the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office “determined that he had submitted false information in a report by failing to document the use of a confidential informant,” the press release said.
Led by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, the California Department of Insurance is the consumer protection agency for the nation’s largest insurance marketplace and safeguards all of the state’s consumers by fairly regulating the insurance industry.
Nazir had previously been terminated by the Torrance Police Department after the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office determined that he had submitted false information in a report by failing to document the use of a confidential informant.
Nazir, while working as a licensed bail agent, employed several fugitive recovery persons, more commonly known as bounty hunters, to assist him in locating and appending several persons that he had bonded out of jail prior to their required court appearances. The investigation also resulted in two employees of Nazir being convicted of false imprisonment and a third whose pending sentencing.
In one instance, they forced entry to a home and detained multiple people at gunpoint looking for someone he had previously bailed out of jail. Nazir threatened to return them to jail unless they paid him money. He handcuffed them and had them driven to his bail office in Torrance, while friends or family members were driven by fugitive recovery persons to ATM machines.
He also used his former experience as a police officer to convince local law enforcement that he had authority to repossess vehicles owned by persons he had bailed out, even though no contract for collateral had been completed, and the vehicles were in physical possession of his clients’ family members. In other instances, Nazir accepted stolen credit cards and property in lieu of cash to let them go. Nazir was also found guilty of threatening a family member of an arrestee by having another person deliver graphic photos of an officer involved shooting in which he was personally involved.
Nazir had been in custody since his initial arrest in 2019 and was the subject of a separate appellate court hearing on sentencing allegations
This case is being prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Nazir is scheduled to return to court on July 10, 2023, for sentencing. His bail agent license expired on June 30, 2019.