The Singh family owns Friendly Cab, one of the largest East Bay taxi companies, as well as an extensive portfolio of real estate in Oakland. The main target of the lawsuit was Dhar Mann, a member of the Singh family. Mann was previously found guilty in a criminal trial and sentenced to five years probation for fraud.
Parker described Mann in a press release as a “minor reality TV persona,” because of his appearances on the Shahs of Sunset, a reality TV show set in Beverly Hills and Tehrangeles that glamorized the affluent lifestyles of a cast of Iranian-Americans.
Mann founded the Oakland marijuana shop weGrow which he attempted to brand as the “Walmart of weed.” Mann also became a major source of campaign cash for Oakland politicians. He even hosted fundraisers for Governor Jerry Brown.
“$37,500 is not a huge amount of money for these defendants,” said City Attorney Parker in a press release. “But this lawsuit demonstrates that no matter how connected you are, or how much money you have, or how many photos of your Lamborghini you post on social media, we will hold you accountable if you attempt to defraud Oakland taxpayers.”
In addition to at least one post of a Lamborghini on his Facebook page, Mann also has uploaded pictures of Bentley’s, penthouse hotel rooms and rooftop pools in luxury hotels from around the world.
The Express was unable to immediately reach Mann or members of the Singh family for comment.