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

By Debbie Schlussel

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.)


Tarek Elkafrawi a/k/a “Terry Elk,” IHOP Jihadist, Indicted

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.

Even More:

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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Did you know that IHOP restaurants have been rated the filthiest food chain in America? Well, look who is running them–third world muslims, to whom cleanliness is next to…nothing.

Customer: Waiter, why do the raisins in my raisin pancakes have legs?

Waiter: Anti-Islamic Infidel. Out of my restaurant!

Customer #2: My chocolate muffin looks like it has mouse droppings in it.

Waiter: How dare you, you anti-Islamic Infidel. Out of my restaurant. And both of you pay at the cash register on the way out. Don’t forget to tip!

Jonathan E. Grant on May 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Under the circumstances, and given the fact that Elkafrawi hide profits from IHOP’s parent company, among other things, you’d think that IHOP’s parent company, DineEquity Inc., based in Glendale, California would REVOKE his franchises. You also have to question why DineEquity didn’t conduct an investigation into Elkafrawi’s franchises when some of Elkafrawi’s activities became known some time ago. I’m certain that the franchise agreement gives the franchisor right to the look into Elkafrawi’s books and to investigate his sources and uses of funds in the business under certain circumstances—circumstances that probably would have applied here.

    Ralph Adamo on May 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm

If this is happening in our Heartland, imagine the problem in our Blue States. I-Hop out and never go back.

JeffT on May 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm

IHOP=International House of PLO so it seems

Habib Akbarovich on May 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Will never patronize another IHOP

#1 Vato on May 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Most of the owners of IHOPS I know are individual owned franchises.

B: That’s true. But this guy owned seven of them. You need to be vigilant to find out who owns the particular one(s) you patronize. DS

BRENDA on May 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Deb, the best way to be vigilant is not to go to an IHOP (Islamics Happily Obliterating Peace). Make breakfast at home, grab a bagel, or go to Dunkin Donuts, founded by a man named Rosenberg.

Jonathan E. Grant on May 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm

MY STEPFATHER IS NOT A TERRORIST! You are racist pigs. He gave some mexicans jobs, what restaurant hasn’t? look around the kitchen of any place you go to eat. You have no proof to say he has ties with jihad because he doesnt, and he had nothhing to do with that gas station. He is a good man. He could be rough at times, but he owned a business and always helped people when they needed it. He fed and clothed plenty of homeless people and lent people money he knew couldnt pay him back because their kids needed diapers and food. I hope you people open your minds and see how corrupt and judgemental our media is. people will believe anything they read or hear on the news and its crap.

SE: Boo-frickin’-hoo. Your stepfather defrauded Medicare for years and got a Mexican to burn down a building so he could collect over a million in fraudulently-obtained insurance. Wow, sounds like a terrific guy! If you’re a moron. DS

Stephen Elkafrawi on May 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    The authorities think different about hi. Muslims have absolutely no respect for western way of life. Prisons in every western country are flooded with a higher proportion of muslims than any other group.

    Go back to your arab or paki feceshole!

    Bill on May 23, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Hey Stephen, show me anyhwere in this article where Debbie called you’re “stepfather” a terrorist? I read the article and NOWHERE did she say that you’re stepfather is a terrorists, and did you also read the indictment claims against you’re stepfather?

    And you say you’re stepfather is a good guy, PUHLEASE, my black ass he’s a good guy, to me you’re stepfather sounds like a ethically-bankrupted putz, who’s been involved in all sorts of nefarious activities, such as money-laundering to and from his native country of Egypt, and I last checked Stephen Elkafrawi, money laundering is “illegal” and he’s been involved in other corrupte horrible activities with the seven IHOP restuarants he owns in this country. And BTW, since you had the nerve to slander Debbie, what race and ethnicity is islam?

    It’s NOT a race dumbass, and NONE of us including Debbie herself is NOT judging you’re stepfather because he’s arabic and muslim, where judging him and calling his ass out for his actions, motives, behavior, etc., get that through you’re thick empty-head you prick! I am really sick and tired of you’re ilk of unthinking demagoguges and trolls.

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on May 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      DS, You’re an ignorant bitch, SE

      Stephen Elkafrawi on May 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Can’t help but notice that when any Dearbornite moslem gets cornered like a rat the “media” are racist, non-halal “pigs”. In fact anyone who is not a rightous moslem is a “racist pig” especially Jews, and yes even Shiites if are Egyptian.
    What a shame that IHOP was once an American icon. It is weird he calls you a pig because bacon is on their menu, no felefel though.
    Also a shame as so many young kids work hard there for meager tips, meager as their breakfast items are highway robbery.
    In any case cross this business off your bucket list. Sorry effendi Stephen your uncle is the oinker because he obviously hates the country that gave him opportunity.

    Ron Wolf aka "Columbo" on May 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    and my stepfather did not tell the mexican to burn down his business, nor did my stepfather fraud medicare. HE PAID FOR ALL OUR INSURANCES AND ALL HIS TAXES. His managers were frauding medicare and it didnt benefit my stepfather at all. HE cried the night his store burned down, and couldnt believe someone did this to him. mazam was the one who told him not to worry he would take care of everything and guess what? MAZAM AND Khamil were behind it all. I don’t know it for a fact, but i do know it wasnt terry and mazam is trying to blame it on him so what does that tell you?

    Stephen Elkafrawi on May 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Stephen. I’m so sorry about your dad but I have noting to do with this.I got out 4 years ago and i never had insurance yet i never told your dad “don’t worry about it” it was mazen

      kamil madi on May 29, 2012 at 6:04 am

Muslim Brotherhood to win today’s election in Egypt.

That muslim slime President and thief ordered Mubarek to give the Islamists the country.

Military coup killing the leader coming? In Egypt I mean? Mind you a military coup may be just what this country needs right now.

Bill on May 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm

A good catch but only a non-lethal dent put in the Jihad patiently waiting Stage Left. No such busts, it seems, discourages their no retreat,infiltrate-assimilate,determination to smother our way of life.
While pretending to be adopting our culture and obeying our laws, they hate everything about us but our money.

lee, of the lower case "l" on May 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm

conspiracy of the left, of most of the media and hollywood to ignore the islamic threat to the west. just as they turned a blind eye to hitler from the mid-20s on.


the lack of movies by hollywood on islamic atrocities on mankind! there is no shortage AND people would flock to the theaters.

the left in hollywood? is that the same group mccarthy was called a nut for saying they were communists?

hussein obama is dog feces

Bill on May 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Revoke any US status the IHOP Five may have and ship them to Gitmo. Water board them with pancake sauce and feed them only sausage and beer.

Jarhead on May 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I meant water board them with pancake syrup.

Jarhead on May 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Debbie the stuff going on in this business is typical. The Feds could investigate random Arab owned businesses and find the same thing, but they rather not. DS what do you think of the Rubashkin case? Is he the modern day Dreyfus that my rabbi claims?

A1 on May 23, 2012 at 10:08 pm

In Dearbornistan they pay for their groceries with bridge cards then load them up in their BMW SUVs.

SS on May 24, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Santa Fe, NM IHOP has it’s muslim staff praying in the dining room closed off to other customers. There are a bunch of these muslims there that should be investigated for sending money to jihad. I say more than one muslim means trouble. How the hell these sand nigers found Santa Fe is a mystery.

Nidal Martrin on May 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Firstly, do you realize how ignorant and condtradictory it is to state that a man running several IHOPs has ties to Islamic extremism? You probably do not, because you don’t know anything about Islam, extremeism, or world politics. You are extremely ignorant and hateful, and you are making yourself look like a fool.

Rachel on May 24, 2012 at 8:17 pm

He does not own any franchises in Texas

Carolyn on May 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm

To all these dumb rumors. My grandma has worked for Terry & TK for about 15 years and ive worked there for 1 year. Terry is one of the most Carrying guys in the world. We have not been the only ones to hire illegals. Cheddars , CICIs and almost all chinese resturants have illegal mexicans. So why are we at fault? You hypocrites can talk all the ish about my IHOP family. But it least get your facts right he did NOT own any IHOPs in texas. Only Ohio and Indiana. You guys are very stupid.

Sara campos on May 24, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Is this the same – Stephen Elkafrawi who got busted for dealing drugs?

annelid on May 25, 2012 at 1:39 am

yeah i was in trouble for sum marijuanna. What does that have to do with anything? it was a personal amount under 30 grams. my stepfather was very upset about it too. hes always treated me like his real son and was heartbroken when he found out that i was smoking the stuff, because hes always wanted the best for me. You people making accusations don’t know what your talking about. He had disrict and regional managers, mazam and khamil if i spelled them correctly. these people stole from him and the government themselves and blamed it on my dad. He fired khamil a few months before they raided the ihops the first time. He had no idea mazam was being so shady, because terry is very kind hearted and sees the best in people. He has had people steal from him many many times and he doesnt even press charges, just fires them and sometimes hires them back when they cry to him about their families needing to eat. You people, ecspecially debbie Slutsell need to quit being so racist and jumping to conclusions when you don’t even know all the facts. You’re so quick to believe the media and our government. Haven’t you learned anything living here your whole life? our government is corrupt and forcefeeds the media, and it’s people like you that make it really easy for them to control this society. They are the real “terrorists” and you are their mind controlled pawns. Disposable and easily influenced. It’s disgusting

Stephen Elkafrawi on May 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Ihop in Bernallio, NM also has asslifters that own ihop. Saw the asslifters behind the dumpster lifting their asses then serving you bacon. Feds should look into the NM ihops for muslims sending money for terrorists.

Hihad Awad on May 31, 2012 at 2:14 pm

These Muslims who were involved in money laundering should have their businesses seized by the IRS. They really needed to face lots of tax penalties.

Aaron Johnson on August 9, 2016 at 1:39 pm

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