A Livermore auto detailer who once filed plans to develop homes at the defunct Rodeo Swim Center has pleaded no contest to embezzlement in Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward.
Under a Dec. 13 plea bargain, Richard "Rick" Boysal will serve six months in county jail and remain on felony probation for five years in exchange for a single felony count, an official with the Alameda County District Attorney's Office said. The agreement also calls for Boysal to pay restitution to his victims; the total amount is between $65,000 and $200,000, the official said. Boysal will be sentenced Jan. 24.
Boysal is CEO of Livermore's Mobile Master Detail and also owns CTR Motors, according to the Mobile Master Detail website, www.mobilemasterdetail.com.
Before the deal, Boysal had been charged with six felony counts of embezzlement and four felony counts of knowingly writing bad checks in relation to his auto business. The complaint against him cited bad checks of $10,000, $33,000, $23,000, $20,000 and $35,100, and pegged the embezzled amounts at more than $950 each.
Attempts to reach Boysal were unsuccessful. He did not respond to an email to Mobile Master Detail. Two phone numbers listed on the website were not accepting calls Thursday and Friday, according to a recording. Mobile Master Detail's premises, listed in California secretary of state records as 950 North Canyons Parkway in Livermore, were empty Friday.
In 2004, Boysal was charged with trying to solicit someone to murder a man to whom he owed $150,000 in connection with a race team. Boysal eventually pleaded no contest to "making terrorist threats," a felony. In 2005, a court reduced the felony record to a misdemeanor.
Boysal had been a salesman for a Danville-based real estate broker, but the state Department of Real Estate revoked his license in 2006 in connection with the crime.
In 2007, Boysal surfaced in Rodeo as a principal of Danville-based New California Properties with a plan to build a 19-home subdivision on the grounds of the Rodeo Swim Club, to be called Laurel Court Estates. The plan later was reduced to 17 houses. Boysal's associate was Diane Leite, president of the Rodeo Swim Club at the time, who also was a member of the R-10 parks and recreation committee and a former Rodeo Municipal Advisory Council chairwoman. Both panels advise Contra Costa County.
Boysal and Leite promised they would build a new aquatic center on the swim club site that would sometimes be open to the entire Rodeo community. But skeptical neighbors, noting that the project map provided less than two-thirds of an acre for the aquatic center and that the final development application did not include a pool, warned that the new pool was a red herring to garner support for the housing project. The county approved the plan, over the municipal advisory council's objection.
Six years later, the site is fenced off, the swim club is gone, and an overgrown parking lot is the only immediately visible reminder it ever existed.
County officials have said they will provide an update on the former swim club site at the Jan. 23 Rodeo Municipal Advisory Council meeting.
Staff writer Jeremy Thomas contributed to this story. Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760. Follow him at Twitter.com/tomlochner.