10/22/14 12:20 p.m.
The former owner of the Findlay IHOP restaurant was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday.
According to the Toledo Blade, 57-year-old Tarek Elkafrawi owned seven IHOP restaurants in northwest Ohio and Indiana. A fire at the Findlay restaurant in 2008 closed the business for about a year. The restaurant remains closed and is for sale.
Elkafrawi pleaded guilty to 53 counts in relation to a series of criminal schemes between 2003 and 2012 intended to defraud the government, the restaurant’s corporation, Farmers Insurance company, and his employees of millions of dollars.
He admitted to hiring more than 200 undocumented workers. He provided some employees multiple identities to receive extra hours without overtime pay, so they could make Medicaid and other public assistance claims.
Elkafrawi was ordered to pay $1.36 million to the insurance company for fraudulent insurance claim payments, as well $5,042 to the Findlay Fire Department for the fire. He was also required a forfeiture of property, including proceeds from the sale of the seven restaurants, cash, and vehicles.
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