A Los Angeles County judge lifted freeze orders on roughly $3 million in assets belonging to Ramin Salari, the property tax consultant arrested in October on charges that he bribed county Assessor John Noguez to lower tax bills for wealthy clients.
On Monday afternoon, Superior Court Judge Shelly Torreabla wrote that prosecutors had been unable “to show good cause” for the freeze orders, which were placed on Salari’s property in October and December of last year.
She then ordered the district attorney’s office to remove liens from Salari’s house in Scottsdale, Ariz., and from his mother’s home in Encino, and to return four cars, including a BMW, a Mercedes-Benz and a Ferrari.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash held in Salari’s bank accounts were also released.
Salari’s attorney, Mark Werksman, said prosecutors failed to justify why they had seized the property in the first place.
“They walked into court and said we have no defense for having frozen a man’s assets and trying to seize everything he owns,” Werksman said.