Luxor Auto brothers had reality TV show in the worksPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Two brothers accused of accepting drug money as payment for cars lived a flashy lifestyle in Arizona and had a reality television show in the works before their arrests.
3TV obtained footage featuring Syeed and Hamid Salari while they worked at Luxor Auto.
Syeed is seen scolding his staff over customer complaints.
"I'm going to take this out of your f---ing paychecks," he said.
His older brother, Hamid, appears much more calm and relaxed in the video as he explains how they deal with high-maintenance, high-dollar customers.
"We sold a huge Hummer that's lifted ... to this girl off eBay. Apparently she's only 5-foot tall so she needed a ladder to get in, so now wants to return it because it's too tall," he explains to a producer.
The show was recorded around the same time undercover federal agents were posing as drug dealers and shopping at Luxor Auto. The agents say they told the Salari brothers they wanted to pay using cash from drug sales.
On the TV footage, another employee says Luxor Auto has cash-only buyers "all the time."
"I think in the last two weeks, we've had over 10 cash deals. It's crazy. It comes in spurts," she tells the camera.
The brothers face several charges, including money laundering, from those alleged cash deals.
The reality TV show never made air.