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IHOP operator of stores in Ohio, Indiana, pleads guilty in $3 million scheme to hide profits
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, July 3, 2014 7:27 PM EDT
The operator of six IHOP restaurants in Ohio and one in Indiana has pleaded guilty to what the government called a scheme with the help of some employees to hide profits from IHOP's parent company.
Tarek Elkafrawi , who owned or operated six IHOP restaurants in northwestern Ohio and one in Evansville, Ind., pleaded guilty in federal court in Toledo Thursday.
Elkafrawi was accused of money laundering, mail fraud and identity theft, as well as hiring illegal immigrants who used fake or stolen identities.
Elkafrawi's attorney, Rick Kerger, said he and his client achieved a resolution that served everyone's interests.