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Published: Thursday, 7/24/2014

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Couple’s travel requests denied in federal court

BLADE STAFF

The former owner of seven area IHOP restaurants and his wife, who are awaiting sentencing on federal charges, may not travel out of state to visit family, a judge ruled this week.

U.S. District Judge David Katz denied requests from Tarek Elkafrawi, 57, and Kelly Elkafrawi, 51, of Perrysburg to travel Sept. 15-23 to Newburg, Ind., to visit their son and grandson, as well as a request from Kelly Elkafrawi to visit her mother and other family members Aug. 25-Sept. 2 in Seattle.

The judge said he consulted with a pretrial services staff member, who recommended denying the request.

Tarek Elkafrawi, who is on house arrest, entered guilty pleas July 3 to 53 counts, including conspiracy to commit money laundering, alien harboring, identity theft, mail fraud, health-care fraud, and arson in what was described as a long-term scheme to defraud IHOP’s corporate owner, the government, and an insurance company. His wife pleaded guilty to one count each of money laundering and alien harboring.

A sentencing date has not been set.



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