Greeley car dealer sentenced to prison on charges of human trafficking, organized crime

Posted at 12:02 PM, Jul 25, 2019

GREELEY, Colo. – A Greeley man charged with human trafficking and accused of running a crime operation out of his car dealership has been sentenced to 16 years in prison, officials announced Thursday.

Noman Boroumand, 47, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of organized crime, human trafficking, retaliation against a witness or victim and attempted sexual assault, according to the Weld County District Attorney's Office.

According to an indictment, Boroumand had sex with women against their will on several occasions and also forced the women to have sex with Fares Al Rashed, who would then give the women money. Boroumand also followed, threatened and physically beat his victims, the indictment said.

Boroumand was initially charged with more than 150 counts in the case, including theft, forgery, tax evasion, filing a false tax return and computer crimes. According to the Weld County District Attorney's Office, Boroumand ran several scams out of his dealership, 1st Choice Motors, from January 2013 until the state shut down the dealership in May 2017, including stealing about $1 million from banks and lenders.

Investigators said Boroumand’s biggest scam involved taking out loans to purchase vehicles and then falsifying sales, swindling several banks out of money. Investigators said Boroumand used a so-called “straw man” whom Boroumand would pay for that person’s personal information, which he would then use to apply for a loan. Boroumand pocketed the money and failed to repay the loans, the DA’s office said.

Al Rashed in November pleaded guilty to human trafficking and attempted human trafficking in the case, in exchange for testifying against Boroumand, according to the Greeley-Tribune.