IHOP owner wants new date for federal trial PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 31 August 2013 08:31
TOLEDO - A man who owned seven IHOP restaurants, including one in Perrysburg Township, and who is facing more than 50 federal charges, is seeking a new trial date in U.S. District Court.
According to court documents filed Thursday, Tarek "Terry" Elkafrawi, who has a home in Middleton Township, is seeking to have his court date continued. Currently, his trial is set for Sept. 30 at U.S. District Court in Toledo in the courtroom of Judge David A. Katz.
Elkafrawi and 17 other people were indicted this spring on a string of offenses, including money laundering, harboring undocumented workers, identity theft and insurance fraud involving the restaurants. Over $3 million was reportedly diverted as part of the schemes.
Elkafrawi himself is facing more than 53 counts in the case.
Among the incidents, Elkafrawi is accused of involvement in an arson at an IHOP he owned in Findlay.
Of the 18 people indicted in the case, 14 so far have made plea deals with the U.S. Attorney's Office, according to the filing.
However, the document states "Tarek Elkafrawi has not and does not plan to do so."
The Thursday filing indicates that Elkafrawi's lawyers are involved in other trials scheduled in September, and "the shift in the defendants who will be likely proceeding to trial (in the Elkafrawi case) as opposed to those originally charged warrants a reassessment of the defense of the case."
The U.S. Attorney's Office, according to the filing, offered no objection to the trial date change.

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