Almost all successful businesses begin with a dream and a plan. Often, it includes months of preparations to secure business space and financing. Unfortunately, even business plans well thought out and created with the best intentions ultimately fail. Despite this, law enforcement officers have charged a father and daughter pair with federal charges after their plans to open a restaurant were not realized.
Reports indicate that the pair planned to open a Southern style restaurant at a shopping center. They reportedly claimed that the restaurant would rely on family restaurants, and they were looking into including outdoor seating at their business. The 38-year-old woman is said to have signed a lease for the space in April 2019.
The pair reportedly secured several hundred thousand dollars in loans to fund the venture. However, federal law enforcement officials claim that they stole a family member’s identity to do so. In fact, the family member claims that the man took her purse and made copies of identification documents. She further states that the man forged her signature on a lease agreement. The pair and the family member were also involved in a civil lawsuit filed by their landlord, who claimed they had not paid rent.
Officials say that the case involves unpaid contractors and bank loans that are fraudulent. As a result, they face federal charges, including fraud and identity theft. Because of the father’s age and previous criminal convictions, he could potentially spend the rest of his life behind bars. To help the man respond to the allegations against them, they may choose to consult with an attorney with experience with cases involving federal accusations.