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Former Laguna Beach rug merchant accused of rape is being evicted

August 14, 2012 |  3:13 pm

Rug merchant
A former Laguna Beach rug merchant who is accused of rape now faces a civil court trial for back rent on the Laguna Niguel home where he lives.

Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan, 54, who is facing multiple sexual assault charges, is being evicted from his $4- million family home, according to court records.

Maralan formerly worked at Sirous & Sons Rug Gallery at 222 Ocean Ave. Although locals knew him as the owner, police said he was actually the manager.

Attorney Isaac Zfaty said his client, property owner Vladimir Feingold, is suing Maralan for $30,000 in back rent.

According to court records, Maralan agreed on June 10, 2011, to pay $10,000 a month for 12 months. His last month would be free, documents showed, and he would move out by July 10, 2012.

The last time Maralan paid rent on time was February 2012, Zfaty said. Maralan was served a three-day notice to pay rent or leave the property on May 12, 2012, according to documents.

The Laguna Niguel home is in guard-gated Monarch Point and, according to Zillow, the home was listed at $4.375 million before being taken off the market in July.

A RE/MAX Fine Homes video describes it as being on nearly an acre of land with marble flooring, a gourmet kitchen and 280 degree views of the ocean and hillsides.

A civil court trial is scheduled for Aug. 27.

Maralan pleaded not guilty in October 2011 to charges that include rape, sexual penetration with a foreign object, attempted forcible rape and sexual battery. Police say that there were 11 victims and that many of the alleged incidents occurred in the Laguna Beach rug store, which closed at the end of last year.

A preliminary hearing for his criminal charges is scheduled Sept. 28.


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Photo: Booking photo of Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan. Credit: Laguna Beach Police Department.