A San Jose businessman has been charged with lying about the theft of a limited edition motorcycle, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.
Soheyl Tajik, 39, was charged Saturday with attempting to claim insurance compensation for a stolen motorcycle he never actually owned, district attorney's officials said.
"Most insurance fraud cases are crimes of opportunity...In this case, there is compelling evidence that this fraud was carefully planned, from the staging of the 'theft' to the effort made after the 'theft' to make it appear that he owned a motorcycle that belonged to someone else," Deputy District Attorney Sam Giammona said in a statement.
Tajik faces one count of insurance fraud, two counts of forgery, and two counts of perjury, which could amount to nine years in jail if he is convicted.
The owner of the now defunct Steven's Creek Showcase, a high-end used auto dealership, Tajik allegedly filed insurance claims for a Chevrolet truck and a limited edition Titan motorcycle he said had been stolen from the dealership, along with the dealership's security camera and a recording mechanism from his office.
After paying Tajik about $5,000 for the truck, the insurance company became suspicious after Tajik filed a $40,000 claim, but never showed proof that he owned the motorcycle, which he claimed was one of only 100 made and featured on the cover of the August 1997 "Biker Babes" edition of Playboy Magazine.
The insurance company said the bike was worth about $10,000, the deputy district attorney said.
According to the district attorney's office, the motorcycle actually belonged to another man who had given the motorcycle to Tajik to sell on consignment.
The motorcycle has still not been found, but the truck was located, along with other stolen vehicles, by California Highway Patrol at a suspected "chop shop" in Stanislaus County, the district attorney's office said.
Speaking about the circumstances of the alleged theft, Giammona said that the security recording device was the only thing taken from Tajik's office, adding that there was no sign of forced entry.
Giammona could not confirm whether the stolen motorcycle was the one used in the Playboy photos.
He added, in regards to theft at the dealership, "There were Lamborghinis there with the keys inside...The motorcycle just happened to be the only thing Tajik didn't own."
Tajik will appear in court again on May 30.