Prosecutors in the Bay Area have secured a federal indictment against a former FBI agent, charging him with filing false financial disclosure forms to cover up bribes he allegedly received from an attorney with ties to organized crime.
Babak Broumand, of Lafayette, was charged with three counts of making false statements to a government agency to cover up bribes he allegedly received in 2015 and 2016 from a Beverly Hills-area attorney named Edgar Sargsyan. The new indictment comes a year after federal prosecutors in Los Angeles charged Broumand with conspiracy in the related alleged bribery scheme, in a case that remains unresolved.
The indictment, filed in April, alleges that Sargsyan was a criminal and “associated with a criminal organization” when he bribed Broumand, who was still working at the FBI at the time. He allegedly bought Broumand a $36,000 motorcycle and paid him $30,000 for a down payment on a second home in Lake Tahoe.
The indictment doesn’t say what criminal organization Sargsyan was allegedly associated with. The Los Angeles Times reported last year that Sargsyan was associated with “reputed organized crime figure” Lev Aslan Dermen, the head of Noil Energy Group and a Beverly Hills real estate business who was convicted of federal charges last year in Utah related to a massive tax fraud scheme. Prosecutors said that several of Dermen’s co-defendants were associated with a “cooperative society” known as “The Order” and worked together to rake in $1 billion in fraudulent renewable fuel tax credits.
In April 2020, Sargsyan agreed to plead guilty to five federal offenses, including, “paying tens of thousands of dollars from the beginning of 2015 through early 2017 to a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” federal authorities said in a news release.
The indictment alleges that Broumand falsely reported that he sold a “1991 Sea Ray boat to Sargsyan for $30,000,” to cover up a bribe, and later solicited another $30,000 bribe in the form of a check to his parents. The money was then transferred to a Bay Area lice removal business Broumand owned with his wife, prosecutors allege.