COVID 19 NC: La Shish Kabob restaurant owner Izzat Freitekh is charged with COVID-19 relief fraud

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WTVD) – A popular restaurant owner in Charlotte and his son were charged with COVID-19 aid fraud.

The owner of La Shish Kabob restaurant, Izzat Freitekh, 55, and his son Tarik Freitekh were both charged with conspiracy to commit wire transfer fraud and, once, with bank fraud. WSOC reported that Izzat Freitekh was also charged with false information.

Charlotte ABC partner WSOC found out Freitekh’s son Tarik lives a glamorous life. The self-proclaimed film producer poses on social media with Justin Beiber and other celebrities. His net worth is said to be $ 300 million.

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A federal indictment alleged that Tarik and his father participated in a program to obtain “$ 1.7 million in COVID-19 aids” through “multiple fraudulent PPP loan applications on behalf of three companies.”

WSOC stopped at Izzat Freitekh’s restaurant on North Sharon Amity Friday where he was working. Freitekh did not speak in front of the camera, but outside of the camera he protested to be innocent.

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Federal investigators said filings for La Shish Kabob restaurant and another company called La Shish Catering contained false and fraudulent IRS tax documents.

A motion on behalf of Green Apple Catering LLC stated that it “paid 4.8 million employees in 2019, despite evidence that the company did not exist until March 2020”.

Investigators said another motion contained “false payroll information and fraudulent IRS tax documents” on behalf of a company called “Aroma Packaging Systems”.

WSOC spoke to Tarik’s lawyer on Friday. He declined to comment.

His father’s attorney sent a statement stating, “Mr. Freitekh pleaded not guilty and called on a jury trial.

Federal investigators said they had already seized $ 1.3 million in PPP funds that have been disbursed.

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