18 indicted in IHOP raid case

TOLEDO, OH (TOLEDO NEWS NOW) – Eighteen people have been indicted on charges related to raids at Toledo area IHOP restaurants in September of 2011.

The U.S. Marshals Service says all 18 have been taken into custody.  The indictment contains 64 counts in total on charges including identity theft, alien harboring, mail fraud and wire fraud.  The suspects are expected to be arraigned in Federal Court in Toledo Wednesday afternoon.

Officials say the arrests were made around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will be holding a news conference in Toledo at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday to announce indictments in the area IHOP investigation.  Members of the joint terrorism task force expected to be in attendance.

Toledo News Now's Craig Thomas spoke on the phone with the wife of an IHOP general manager. His name is Carlos Gamboa. She confirmed he was picked up by multiple agents at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The raids took place in September of 2011. Several locations were raided in northwest Ohio and southeast Indiana. Agents removed many boxes of documents, but the investigation has remained sealed.

The owners of the restaurants are Tarek Elkafrawi (who also went by the name of Terry Elks) and  Mazen Khadeer. The Wood County sheriff assisted with the early morning arrest at the home of Elkafrawi in Middleton Township.

Arrested were:
  • Tarek Elkafrawi
  • Tarek Eid Omar
  • Autumn Lee Tangas
  • Kelly Elkafrawi
  • Jose Leon-Gonzalez (aka Jose Leon, aka Jose Vargas, aka Juan Vargas, aka Edwin Martel)
  • Garlos Gamboa
  • Khaled Yousef
  • Jamil Mohammed Awwad
  • Ramiz Awwad
  • Khalil Aboudakka
  • Mohamed Ali
  • Mohamed Hassan
  • Donna J. Harriott
  • Lucky Williams
  • Sara Rinebolt
  • Cesar Avila
  • Mark Anthongy Turner
  • Yoni Merida

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