The Herald Bulletin

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February 19, 2014

Officials seek $3.4M seized from Mexican restaurants in Indiana

LAFAYETTE — Prosecutors are seeking to keep more than $3.4 million seized last fall during police raids at about two dozen Mexican restaurants across Indiana.

Civil forfeiture lawsuits have been filed in Tippecanoe and Marion counties, accusing the restaurant owners and others involved with the businesses of illegally obtaining the money. The Tippecanoe County lawsuit alleges the restaurants carried out offenses including money laundering and falsifying tax documents.

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington tells the Journal & Courier that no criminal charges have been filed from the November raids and the investigation continues.

The raids involved El Rodeo restaurants in the Lafayette, Indianapolis and Richmond areas and other Mexican restaurants in central and northwestern Indiana.

An attorney for the restaurants didn't immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

— The Associated Press

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