Justice Prevails for Accused Businessman
The world over, America is viewed as a place for opportunity where you can build a future for your family. Since coming to the United States, Bahman Hafez Amini, also known as Ben Amini, has been the epitome of the American Dream. Mr. Amini worked tirelessly to establish himself as a successful businessman. The part owner of Dallas Roadster and successful real estate investor has been instrumental in Dallas Roadster’s sixteen-year growth into a full service dealership consisting of two sales showrooms, a service area, and a body shop. As Mr. Amini grew his businesses, he never missed an opportunity give back to the community. Over the years, Mr. Amini and his family have actively supported numerous local charity organizations, including Toys for Tots, the Plano Food Bank, the Plano Women’s Shelter, and various local schools to name a few. In addition to supporting local charities, Mr. Amini often provided financial support to a struggling family with a special needs child. Before he was accused, Mr. Amini was known in the Plano and Richardson communi- ties as a respected family man and businessman who focused on doing things the right way. He was living the American Dream.
However, the dream turned into a nightmare on November 16, 2011, when Federal agents came to Ben Amini’s home in the early morning to serve an arrest warrant. While in custody, DEA agents and local authorities were posted outside of his businesses, causing the community to question Mr. Amini’s character and intentions. “I was shocked”, Mr. Amini recalls. “I have always strived to do everything in life the right way. When the agents informed me why they were at my door, I simply couldn't believe it. I thought there must be some mistake.”
Mr. Amini and an employee had each been indicted on money laundering charges. Both were being accused for their role in selling cars to undercover agents who purchased the vehicles in exchange for purported “drug money”. Despite a statement issued by Department of Justice Public Information Officer Davilyn Walston confirming that this case involved no terrorist allegations whatsoever, those exact rumors began to circulate throughout the community and Internet.
As the nightmare continued to unfold, Mr. Amini was forced to confront the cold facts: his reputation was severely damaged and that he was facing decades in federal prison without parole if found guilty.
The months immediately following his arrest were especially hard for Mr. Amini and his family. The commu- nity that he had so proudly supported now viewed him as a drug dealer and a terrorist. The business that he had built was crumbling right in front of his eyes. "The hardest part was seeing the stress it put on my wife, kids, and close family and friends. All I could do was tell them to trust in my innocence. And they did. They supported me the entire way. Without them, I could not have made it through."
In the months that followed, Mr. Amini took Jason Zendeh Del of The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC as his lead counsel. Mr. Zendeh Del immediately put together a team of lawyers and experts to zealously defend Ben Amini’s good name. Mr. Amini believed in the justice system and wanted the opportunity to clear his name. On August 2, 2012, nearly nine months later, all charges against Mr. Amini were dismissed.
Rebuilding the Dream
Now that the charges have been dismissed, Mr. Amini is focused on rebuilding his business and reputation. Before that disruptive November day, Dallas Roadster had employed over 40 hardworking people. In Decem- ber of 2011, Dallas Roadster was forced to downsize to one location with only five employees. Once known as one of the fastest growing luxury car dealerships in Texas, Dallas Roadster now struggles to overcome the challenges that accompany the now dismissed indictment charges.
When asked about this chain of events, Mr. Amini stated, "When you live in the land of opportunity like we do, the government has to make judgment calls to protect us. Many times they are correct in their prosecu- tions. Sometimes, however, they are very wrong. I am glad that I was able to hire a good legal team, and ulti- mately they persuaded the Department of Justice that, in this case, they were very wrong."
Today, Mr. Amini and Dallas Roadster are picking up the pieces, rebuilding their reputation and business as they have always done...the right way.