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Former Toledo IHOP owner pleads guilty

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The former owner of several Toledo IHOP restaurants and his wife plead guilty to all the charges against them Thursday.

This comes two weeks before they were set to go to trial and face charges of money laundering and alien harboring.

We spoke to the attorney representing the pair, and he says they plead guilty not because they agreed with the charges, but because it was in their best interest due to health issues.

Tarek Elkafrawi was facing 53 different counts including identity theft, arson, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. His attorney says the stress of a trial could have been dangerous to his health.

The 57-year-old has multiple health conditions, his attorney says, including a very serious heart condition.

Elkafrawi's wife, Kelly, also pleaded guilty to two charges against her.

In 2011, the FBI raided six northwest Ohio IHOPs and one in Indiana. The investigation uncovered a conspiracy to defraud the government and the restaurants’ corporate owner.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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