NASHVILLE – Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for two Huntsville, Alabama residents charged with several counts of Theft and Criminal Simulation in two middle Tennessee Counties.
At the request of 18th District Attorney General Ray Whitley and 15th District Attorney General Tommy Thompson, TBI special agents began investigating Douglas Scott and Azar Ardestani on August 29th, 2013. During the course of the investigation, agents determined that Scott and Ardestani entered into several loan agreements with different banks in both Sumner and Wilson counties. The couple posed as business owners and indicated they were planning to relocate their business from Alabama to middle Tennessee. The two used several vehicles as collateral to secure the loans but agents found that neither Scott nor Ardestani actually owned the cars or had the legal right to use them as collateral.
On October 9th, the Sumner County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Scott, 45, with five counts of Theft and four counts of Criminal Simulation and Ardestani, 31, with five counts of Theft and two counts of Criminal Simulation. On October 13th, the Wilson County Grand Jury indicted Scott on two counts of Theft and one count of Criminal Simulation and Ardestani with one count of Theft and two counts of Criminal Simulation. Both were arrested Monday night and booked in the Wilson County jail. Scott’s bond is set at $25,000 and Ardestani has a $5,000 bond. Sumner County also has a hold on the pair, where each has a $75,000 bond.