The owner of a Kebbac chain in the Washington suburbs said he had been forced to leave the country in a bid to protect his company from an FBI raid.
The owners of the Kebbs on the Square chain of fast-food restaurants in Washington state have been under investigation by federal prosecutors in New York over allegations of bribery and kickbacks related to an agreement that gave the restaurant a $1.6 million tax credit to open its doors in 2018.
The owners of Kebabs on the squares were indicted last week.
The owner of the chain, David Kebbe, has said he will fight the indictment and fight to stay in the U.S.
A representative for the company told ABC News that Kebbes on the Squares has closed its doors.
“We are deeply saddened to inform you that we have closed our Kebbers on the square restaurants in 2017 due to the ongoing investigation,” the representative said.
“Due to ongoing investigation, we have decided to discontinue our Kibb stores in the State of Washington.”
Kebbe’s attorney, Mark Geragos, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday that he has no plans to pursue a lawsuit against the Justice Department.
Geragos said he believes the DOJ will continue to pursue the case and that he would not be filing any lawsuits against the U-S.
government for the alleged actions of the U,S.
attorney for the Western District of Washington.
“If you can’t get the money from the government, you’re not going to get the funds from the U,” he said.
Kebbes on the SQUARE restaurants opened in 2016 in Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia.
The restaurant has since opened in other cities.
Gerros said the FBI was interested in the company’s business and wanted to know whether the company was “getting kickbacks for doing business with foreign governments.”
“We were told that it was not.
That was a lie,” Geragos said.”
And it was a total lie that the DOJ would be looking for that company.”
Geragos has also said the government wanted to make it clear that the company would not have done business with the Russian government if they knew about the bribery scheme.
“It was the same lie,” he added.
“They had it all planned out.
They knew about it, they knew who we were, they wanted to get us.
We were just the pawns in a scheme.”ABC News’ Paul Kane and ABC News Investigations Producer David Lacy contributed to this report.