Illegal penthouse parties busted again in Vancouver

Penthouse parties busted

Vancouver police have again crashed a set of illegal parties hosted by a Vancouver man already convicted of the same crime earlier this year.

In January, the VPD launched an investigation after a witness called police to report a large party inside a penthouse apartment near Richards and Georgia streets.

Mohammed Movassaghi, 43, was found to be running an illegal booze and show lounge inside his 1,100-square-foot penthouse, packing it with hundreds of people, and violating COVID-19 health orders.

Movassaghi was arrested on Jan. 31, after 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.

Of the 77 guests who attended one of the parties, each one received a $230 fine.

Movassaghi began violating his court orders in August by hosting more for-profit penthouse parties, according to a recent release from the VPD.

This prompted yet another investigation, which led to his arrest on Wednesday. He has since pleaded guilty to two counts of failure to comply with an order of the health officer and one count of selling liquor.

Movassaghi is sentenced to 29 days in custody, 12 months of probation, and a $10,000 fine.

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