District Attorney Jan Scully announced today that Mahmood Bijan Azar pled no contest to a felony charge of misappropriation of public funds.
He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, placed on five years formal probation and disqualified from holding any office in this state. Azar paid the restitution amount of $41,715 in full prior to the plea agreement.
Between March 21, 2013 and November 4, 2013, Azar was a supervisor with the Administrative Services Division of the California Highway Patrol. During that time, he diverted public fees given to the CHP and converted the funds to his own use. Azar created a limited liability corporation called “California Highway Property.”
An internal accounting reconciliation revealed that numerous remitted checks made payable to “CHP” were deposited into Azar’s “California Highway Property” bank account.