SACRAMENTO- On June 7, 2018, Raeef Ohan Ohan, 59, of Stockton, pleaded guilty in a criminal case that involved the sale of stolen cargo.
According to court documents, from 2012 to 2014, Ohan received and possessed thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen goods that had been taken from truck trailers or warehouses. Ohan then sold the stolen goods to legitimate wholesalers and retail entities through his company called “V&P Trading.” Ohan failed to accurately report to the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) the income he received from this criminal activity, as well as income received by other means. As part of his plea agreement, Ohan agreed to pay restitution to the victims of the cargo thefts, as well as to the IRS and FTB.
According to the plea agreement, on October 1, 2014, a cargo trailer containing personal hygiene products was stolen from a warehouse in Stockton. The theft was reported to the Stockton Police Department. A pallet within the stolen cargo contained a GPS tracking device which led officers to Ohan’s leased warehouse space. Officers found the 52 pallets of stolen cargo. A federal search warrant executed at a later date revealed that Ohan had 60 pallets of stolen goods from several separate thefts. The stolen products included pet food valued at $26,000, protein powder valued at $200,000, and concrete valued at $66,700.
“TRaCE is a proven task force in which state and federal investigators from numerous agencies target the underground economy in this state,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “These law enforcement professionals not only pool their investigative and law enforcement expertise, they combine resources and data from each of their departments and become that much more effective.”
The TRaCE Task Force is composed of investigators and special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); IRS Criminal Investigation; California Department of Justice - Bureau of Investigation, Office of the Attorney General; California Department of Tax and Fee Administration; California Franchise Tax Board; California Employment Development Department; and California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Ohan is scheduled to be sentenced on October 18, 2018. Ohan faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.