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Farhad Kankash biography: 13 things about Onyx Motorsports owner from Arizona

Farhad Kankash (©Maricopa County Sheriff Office)

Farhad Kankash (©Maricopa County Sheriff Office)

Farhad Kankash is an Iranian-American man from Arizona, United States. He is the owner of Onyx Motorsports, an auto dealership of pre-owned, late model luxury vehicles such as Aston Martin, Bentley Motors, BMW,  Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

Detectives with the Arizona Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General found out that Kankash committed several types of fraud against Onyx Motorsports customers and lenders. He allegedly failed to provide titles to customers who purchased vehicles, failed to pay off liens on trade-in vehicles.

Moreover, Kankash was accused of defrauding lenders by obtaining multiple loans for the same vehicle. Here are 13 more facts about him:

  1. He was born on November 14, 1983.
  2. He is of Iranian descent.
  3. He lived in various parts of Arizona including Chandler, Fort McDowell, Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix.
  4. He is married to Sahar Salari.
  5. He worked as the general manager of Luxor Auto Group, a company founded in 2006 and based in Scottsdale, while Salari was an office manager.
  6. He is related to Abdoul Kamkash, Mahsa Khaleghi, Parissa Kankash, Abdrasoul Kankash, Farshad Kankash, Mahsa Kankash, Farzaneh Chitsazzadeh and Harriet Kankash.
  7. His phone number is (480) 878-7678.
  8. On May 8, 2014, he registered Onyx Motorsports, which operated in Scottsdale. He filed for bankruptcy in 2019.
  9. In June 2019, he told the Arizona Republic that Onyx Motorsports failed to pay off loans and issue title to vehicles but he never set out to defraud customers and was forced to file bankruptcy. He told the publication, “What do you want me to do about it? If I was taking people’s money, I would be in jail.”
  10. He was accused of not refunding the money of a customer who returned a 2014 Bentley purchased from Onyx Motorsports. He allegedly obtained a loan for the same vehicle for $60,000 and went on to sell it to another local car dealer under the dealership name of his company.
  11. He allegedly obtained two loans, each of which was worth over $60,000, from two different lending companies for the same vehicle, which was a 2014 Land Rover, and used trade-in vehicles he did not own as collateral for the loans.
  12. In 2019, Braeger Finance filed a lawsuit against him and Salary in Maricopa County Superior Court in Maricopa County, Arizona. The couple was accused of fraud, misrepresentation, unjust enrichment and breach of contract.
  13. On September 23, 2020, he was arrested at his home in Scottsdale and was charged with 14 felony counts for theft and fraudulent schemes. He was booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Fourth Avenue Jail. On September 25, 2020, a grand jury indicted him for multiple fraud counts and theft totaling over $350,000, Fox 10 Phoenix reported.

(This is a developing story. More details will be added soon.)

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