New York, United States — A New Yorker couple has been charged with attempting to sell a stolen car in Iran.
The couple, Joshua Siegel and Maryanne Siegel, have been charged in a New York court with three counts of conspiracy to commit theft.
The Siegel brothers are married to a married Iranian couple.
The couple fled Iran to Canada last month after being accused of illegally obtaining and selling a 2009 BMW car, according to the New York Post.
The car was later found by police in New York and returned to Iran, where it was later seized by authorities, according a news release from the Nassau County Prosecutor’s Office.
The indictment was announced Tuesday by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
The alleged plot to sell the stolen vehicle came to light after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer observed the vehicle in a parking lot in the Brooklyn borough of New Jersey, the Times reported.
The officer then contacted a woman who claimed the vehicle had been sold by the Siegel family to a man in Iran, the news release said.
After the woman provided the woman with a photograph of the car, the man allegedly told the officer that he had purchased the car for $1,500, the release said, citing court documents.
The car was returned to the Sells after the alleged sale.