Hossein Nayeri was allegedly part of a four man crew who tortured the wealthy owner of a medical marijuana dispensary.
Wrongly believing he was burying cash in the desert Orange County prosecutors said the group beat him and burned him with a blowtorch in a bid to get him to reveal the money's location.
Then they cut off his penis and drove away so it couldn't be attached. He survived the incident.
Nayeri, 35, fled to the Czech Republic, but after his return he now faces a lifetime behind bars if convicted on multiple counts of kidnapping for ransom, aggravated mayhem, torture and burglary.
His accomplices Kyle Handley, Ryan Anthony Kevorkian and Naomi Josette Kevorkian have also been charged.