The embattled chief operating officer of the Shore Hotel is facing four felony counts for trying to suppress a sexual misconduct lawsuit, according to court records.
COO Steve Farzam was arrested in November and was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on two counts of identity theft, attempting to dissuade a witness and counterfeiting a government seal. In March 2017, Farzam allegedly tried to prevent Lieber Hernandez, a former Shore Hotel employee who alleges Farzam sexually harassed her, from testifying against him and created a website that showed photographs of her and her family and a false criminal record, the Daily Journal reported in December.
Farzam’s arraignment was continued to Mar. 6, a court spokesperson said.
Farzam allegedly falsified a Los Angeles County Superior Court seal in February 2018 while trying to get Google to take down an expose of his past history of criminal behavior written by former Daily Press reporter David Mark Simpson for Atavist, an online journalism platform.
Farzam has been convicted of impersonating a police officer, larceny and possession of an assault weapon, among other charges. He has been ordered to serve a cumulative eight years probation and 90 days in jail since 2005 for pretending to be an FBI officer and illegally possessing and trafficking automatic weapons.
The Shore Hotel, which is owned by the Farzam family, faced a record $17.8 million Coastal Commission fine last month because the Farzams built the upscale hotel without a permit. The commission decided to allow the hotel to remain open after the Farzams offered to replace the moderately priced accommodations that were lost when the family illegally built the luxury hotel.