Man who was former bail agent and Torrance Police Officer found guilty by jury for kidnapping and extortion
News: 2023 Press Release
NORWALK, Calif. – Former bail agent Rehan Nazir, 51, of Torrance, was found guilty in a jury trial today on 17 felony counts of kidnapping, extortion, burglary, false imprisonment, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and grand theft. 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.
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.
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