May 23, 2012, - 2:30 pm
IHOP Jihad Update: Muslim IHOP Owner, Mgrs Indicted for Money-Laundering (to Egypt), ID Theft, Etc.; Islamic Terrorist Ties
Remember “Terry Elk” a/k/a Tarek Elkafrawi, the Egyptian Muslim whose International House of Pancakes (IHOP) franchises in Indiana and Ohio were raided by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the FBI, and local police, last September? Yesterday, he was indicted, along with many of his employees and associates–most of them Arab Muslims, just like him. They were using IHOP franchises for all kinds of mysterious and illegal activities, some of them believed to be tied to Islamic terrorism. (Mr. Elkafrawi reportedly also owns many restaurant franchises in Texas, as I noted on this site.)
Read the indictment, and note that among the indictees, the Arab Muslim defendants alone, were all accused of committing Medicare fraud, something that doesn’t surprise me since Muslims make up a very large percentage of the Medicare and Medicaid fraud indictees and convicts in America. Go to Dearbornistan, and you will find plenty of Muslims defrauding both systems, while millions of legitimately poor Americans are denied benefits from Medicaid.
From the federal indictment against Tarek Elkafrawi, Tarek Eid Omar, Khaled Yousef, Jamil Mohammed Awwad, and Ramiz Awwad:
At the time of the raids, I told you then that several managers of the franchises, including Elkafrawi’s hand-picked managers, had ties to Islamic terrorism. I received reports that several of his key employees had ties to Hezbollah and HAMAS, and after 9/11, some of his Egyptian employees, specifically indictee Tarek Eid Omar, were suspected of working with Al-Qaeda, which I mentioned. I also knew that the restaurants employed illegal aliens and cashed their checks for them, something I reported to you. They occasionally cashed checks of phantom employees, who no longer worked for them, too. IHOP has a policy of cashing employees’ checks, which allows for illegal aliens to easily be employed and for money-laundering to go on. Let’s see if the company changes that policy, but don’t hold your breath.
And, as I told you, Mr. Elkafrawi spent a mysterious year abroad–apparently in the Middle East–away from his businesses for undisclosed reasons. You’ll note that none of the items in the indictment mention Islam, Islamic terrorism, or Islamic terrorist groups, but I know for a fact that federal authorities know that all of that is involved. That’s why the indictment mentions that some of the money went to “investments in Egypt.” Hmmm . . . “investments.” Is that what they’re calling it these days? How much of that money went to the Muslim Brotherhood and HAMAS, to both of which I’m told that Elks and his Arab Muslim employees are tied (as well as Hezbollah)? There’s a reason why the Joint Terrorism Task Force led this investigation. The items in the indictment are easier to prove than any aid to terrorist groups, but rest assured that is involved also.
In addition to Elkafrawi a/k/a Elks a/k/a Elk, the indictees include Tarek Eid Omar, Kelly Elkafrawi, Khaled Yousef, Jamil Mohammed Awwad, Ramiz Awwad, Khalil Aboudakka, Mahmoud Ali, and Mohamed Hassan. Yup, all nice ‘Merican names, right?
According to public records and the local Better Business Bureau Web site, Mr. Elkafrawi, also known as “Terry Elk,” Kamil Madi, and Mazen Khdeer at the time of the raids had either ownership or management roles in the seven franchises. [DS: Neither Madi nor Khdeer were indicted. Why not? Clearly, they knew this was going on and were probably in on it. Perhaps they turned stoolie.] . . .
With the exception of the Lima restaurant, Mr. Elkafrawi was listed as the president of all the affected IHOPs, and Mr. Khdeer was identified as manager of the West Central Avenue and Airport Highway locations. The Lima location was owned by TE & KM Inc., which is a limited liability company owned by Mr. Elkafrawi.
The FBI’s release alleges Mr. Elkafrawi and Ms. Tangas “and others” manipulated sales figures, salaries, and payrolls to evade taxes, avoid paying royalties, and illegally divert money from the IHOP franchises to themselves.
The agency also accuses Mr. Elkafrawi of employing about 200 illegal immigrants at his restaurants, most of whom used fraudulent or stolen identities.
Mr. Elkafrawi is accused of arranging for people to be brought into the country illegally and having store managers accept false paperwork for employment. If there was no paperwork, he allegedly had Mr. Gamboa, Mr. Leon-Gonzalez, and others obtain documentation.
Federal authorities say that Mr. Elkafrawi generated $1.2 million in unreported income by manipulating wages and under reporting income of the undocumented workers, according to the indictment.
In 2008, federal authorities said, Mr. Elkafrawi’s Findlay IHOP location burned as a result of arson. Investigators said Mr. Leon-Gonzalez set the fire after being directed to do so by Mr. Elkafrawi and Mazen Khdeer, who was either a manager or owner at some of the locations.
After the fire, Mr. Elkafrawi filed a $1.3 million insurance claim.
Mr. Elkafrawi and Mr. Omar are also accused of hiding and concealing funds through real estate transactions.
The indictment claims that Mr. Elkafrawi purchased two homes, one in Newburgh, Ind., and one at 14745 Prairie Lake Dr., in Toledo, using laundered assets.
The indictment focuses in large part on claims that Elkafrawi “used various frauds, schemes and criminal activities to fraudulently manipulate sales figures, salaries and payroll, and losses in an attempt to evade taxes, avoid paying royalties and other financial obligations, and to unjustly and illegally divert money from the IHOP franchises to themselves.”
Omar is among those accused of employing more than 200 illegal aliens at the IHOP restaurants.
“Most of these aliens used fraudulent or stolen identifications while working,” the indictment reads. Elkafrawi and his store managers underpaid the employees, “knowing the aliens would not report them to law enforcement. Federal investigators believe this allowed Elkafrawi and his store managers to manipulate the net sales figures, on which the stores owed royalties to IHOP. The total underreported income was around $1.2 million, according to the indictment.
Federal prosecutors also say Elkafrawi used laundered assets from the IHOP stores to buy a house on Tecumseh Drive in Newburgh and, along with Omar, a gas station on Burkhardt Road in Evansville.
Elkafrawi also sent proceeds from IHOP sales overseas, according to the indictment, “to purchase real estate and to make investments in Egypt.”
Again, “investments in Egypt,” my butt. More likely, investments in HAMAS and the Muslim Brotherhood. We’ll never know for sure where that money went. But you can bet it didn’t go anywhere good.
As I’ve said a gazillion times before, know where you eat. Who owns the restaurant? Is he Muslim? Where is the money going? If you cannot answer these questions, don’t pay to eat there. Your money might be funding who knows what?
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