Bruce Yasmeh: Suicide or Murder?


Behrooz “Bruce” Yasmeh

I only met Behrooz “Bruce” Yasmeh once. Little did I realize when I met him that he’d be the nexus between a case I became peripherally involved in on disability rights and my infamous blog posting on The Small Freaky World of White Collar Crime [].

Yasmeh, along with his brother Alfared “Fred” Yasmeh and two business entities, INE CAPITAL HOLDINGS, LLC and AMERICAN PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, LLC, are being sued in Los Angeles Superior Court Cases BC527112 and BC553653 for violations of the Unruh Civil Rights Act and the Disabled Persons Act. At a hotel they own and operate, they refused to allow a disabled person to rent a room with his assistance animal unless he paid a non-refundable $300.00 “cleaning fee.” When a relative offered to pay the fee, they still refused to rent the room, according to the lawsuit.

Judge Richard L. Fruin—a millionaire and then some according to his Form 700 (Statement of Economic Interests)–threw one of the cases out of court. The Court of Appeals unanimously reversed him in a published decision [See below, Osborne v. Yasmeh (Cal. App. 2nd Dist., Div. 4, July 28, 2016) 1 Cal.App.5th 1118].

A few months later, Yasmeh’s reported missing by his family: Later his body was found by the ocean. Here’s where it gets weird. One story is suicide, which, given that Yasmeh was a very religious Iranian Jew is just not plausible. My sources tell me however that what’s more plausible is that he owed money to “Mr. W” of the Jerusalem Network of the Israeli Mafia that can be very hazardous to your health. Look for the reference to Mr. W in the link above for The Small Freaky World of White Collar Crime.

Quoting from a 2013 memo I provided to a federal law enforcement agency about the inner workings of the Jerusalem Network in Las Vegas—where Bruce Yasmeh had all kinds of interests:

SA Murder

YE succeeded SA as accountant for the Jerusalem

Network. SA had been murdered by the same Bulgarian hit team

that killed SLKB, RT’s girlfriend. I am told that SA was murdered at the behest of the Jerusalem Network because he’d screwed up the accounting for their money laundering operations, inherently a death penalty offense within the Jerusalem Network’s framework.


SLKB was murdered as a message to RT to not withhold his “tax” payments from the W Brothers. It is believed that AW ordered her murder. Allegedly, the Bulgarians were living in a bungalow on the premises where Sherry was staying. She knew DBB and he was assigned to get her to open the door, whereupon the Bulgarians did their thing. I am told that the Bulgarians were questioned by local police and let go, whereupon they split the country.

Incidentally I’m told that after killing SLKB they left her and RT’s infant son alive at the scene with his dead mother.

Before the lawsuit was ever filed against Yasmeh, word had it that he was “the beard” for another Iranian Jewish family whose patriarch had been the money launderer for the late Shah Reza Pahlavi of Iran. A “beard” is a front man and his role had purportedly been to launder $40 million that went missing from a bank owned by one of the family members (that family member got federal prison time for it). Much of the money I’m told was invested through a plaza in Las Vegas with properties and businesses flipped back and forth to muddy up the money trail.

Then too there’s Bruce Yasmeh’s criminal past. On December21, 1981 he was sentenced to up to two years in prison in Oklahoma for First Degree Arson. Oklahoma law, 21 OK Stat § 21-1401 provides that:

A. Any person who willfully and maliciously sets fire to or burns, or by the use of any explosive device, accelerant, ignition device, heat-producing device or substance, destroys in whole or in part, or causes to be burned or destroyed, or aids, counsels or procures the burning or destruction of any building or structure or contents thereof, inhabited or occupied by one or more persons, whether the property of that person or another, or who willfully and maliciously sets fire to or burns, or by the use of any explosive device, accelerant, ignition device, heat-producing device or substance causes a person to be burned, or aids, counsels or procures the burning of a person shall, upon conviction, be guilty of arson in the first degree, which is a felony, and shall be punished by a fine not to exceed Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00), or by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for not more than thirty-five (35) years, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Did that case come back to haunt him?

So suicide? I can think of at least 40 million other reasons why a lot of people would have wanted Bruce dead if what I’m told is true…

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