THE Vancouver man who was in the spotlight for running a makeshift nightclub in his downtown Vancouver penthouse earlier this year has been convicted of new charges.
Vancouver Police first launched an investigation in January, after a witness called police to report a large party inside a penthouse apartment near Richards and Georgia streets. Investigators discovered that Mohammed Movassaghi, 43, was running an illegal booze can and show lounge inside his 1,100-square-foot penthouse, packing it with hundreds of people, and violating COVID-19 health orders.
He was arrested on January 31, after the VPD executed a search warrant and seized large quantities of cash, liquor, and credit card machines. He was charged and convicted of numerous offences, and ordered to obey numerous court orders.
Vancouver Police said that Movassaghi began violating those court orders in August by hosting more for-profit penthouse parties, which prompted a second VPD investigation and his arrest on Wednesday night. He has since plead guilty to two counts of failure to comply with an order of the health officer and one count of selling liquor.
Movassaghi has been sentenced to 29 days in custody, 12 months of probation, and a $10,000 fine.